Jesus – the Christ, God’s Son, Our Lord

The Apostles’ Creed emphasizes the humanity of Jesus. Most of the Creed’s statement about Jesus center on his birth and death – that he was an actual man who actually lived and actually died. But it roots his humanity is his divinity. Jesus is both fully man and fully God. The first line of the stanza about Jesus in the Creed reads, “And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.” Let’s explore each briefly as they all speak to his divinity.

Christ

You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16). The first thing the Creed tells us about Jesus is that he is the Christ. No, Christ is not Jesus’ last name. It is a title meaning “chosen one” or “anointed one.” Jesus is the anointed one – the one chosen before the creation of the world to bring redemption and restoration to a lost world.

His Only Son

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:15). Clearly the most famous verse in the Bible, John 3:16, offers insight into the unique relationship between God the Father and God the Son. Listen to J.I. Packer’s comment’s on this phrase of the Creed: “When you hear a young man introduced as ‘my only son,’ you know he is the apple of his father’s eye. The words reveal affection.” (Packer, 2008, p. 67.) Jesus is the Father’s beloved.

Our Lord

Throughout the Old Testament, the name YHWH, meaning Lord, was such a sacred designation for God that the Israelites would not even say the word. It was a holy name set apart for a holy God. Instead, they came up with alternate words, such as Jehovah, to speak of God. Because we are so familiar with the designation “Lord” being applied to Jesus, we miss what a radical claim it is. There is only one Lord, the Holy One of Israel. Yet, consider the claims of Romans 10:9: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Jesus is the Lord: the ruler of all.

Interact: Which of these is hardest for you to believe – that he is the Christ, that he is the Son of God or that he is the Lord? Why

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One Response

  1. Many early Christians called him Chrestos (Morally Good One) rather than Christos (Messiah) before the Catholics burned them at the stake.

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