Pastor’s Message

A Message from the Youth Pastor

Michael Armstrong

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:

This week we’ll be continuing this series of articles about the Apostle’s Creed by talking about the next section of the Creed: The Son. Since most people don’t have the Apostle’s Creed memorized, here is the next section:

And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord:

Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Born of the Virgin Mary,

Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Was crucified, dead, and buried;

The third day he rose from the dead;

He ascended into heaven

And sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty

From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

This section of the creed says a lot of important things, but the one thing each of these lines has in common is that they all point to the actual life of Jesus. Whereas the first and third portions of the Apostle’s Creed are theological in their focus, this section is historical in focus, listing details of Jesus’ life, death, and life after death.

And the Creed does this first and foremost because Jesus was a real person that lived in real history, and our religion depends on that. If Jesus wasn’t actually born of the Holy Spirit, if he wasn’t actually God incarnate, then he couldn’t have saved us from sin; he would have just been another good man who met an unjust death. If Jesus didn’t actually die and then return from death, then again, he couldn’t have saved us from sin; death would have prevailed, and the world would go on as it did before. And if Christ didn’t return to the right hand of the father, interceding as our great high priest in heaven, then we once again, could have no hope of salvation from sin; As the book of Hebrews tells us, it is his intercession that gives us access to the Father and the Holy Spirit.

What Jesus did in this life changed everything. He wasn’t just a great teacher, he wasn’t just a healer, he didn’t just demonstrate profound charity, it was his sacrifice that altered all of creation. When it comes to what we believe about Jesus, of course we take all parts of his life seriously. But nothing should be taken more seriously than his actions, where he single-handedly saved all of humanity. And that is why the longest portion of the Apostle’s Creed is dedicated to reminding us of what he did.