Jesus – Alive and Reigning as King

In the continuation of my look at the Apostles’ Creed, today we turn to the victorious announcement of Jesus’ resurrection and his ongoing reign over all the earth.

The third day he rose again

Do you know the three most thrilling words in the whole Bible? “He is not here; he has risen!(Luke 24:6). Victory! Three days after Jesus, God himself, was crucified, he rose from the dead.  Paul exclaims excitedly, “But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead” (1 Corinthians 15:20).  From the depths of the dead, Jesus is alive! The great hope of the Scriptures, of the Apostles’ Creed, and of our lives is that Jesus rose from the dead and will now live forever and ever.

Ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father

Therefore, God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10).  From the depths of the grave, Jesus rose, returning to the glory that was his before the world began. He sits at the right hand of God the Father, ruling over the world.

He shall come again

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you may also be where I am” (John 14:2-3). Jesus is coming again! The first time, he came as a humble babe in Bethlehem. This next time it will be as the triumphant King, riding on the clouds and announced by the trumpets. And the great promise is that when he comes, he will take us to be with him. The Creed does anticipate judgment for those who reject Jesus as King and therefore provides us the impetus and challenge to share the grace and hope of Christ. But it also assures us that we will get to share in the Father’s blessings, dwelling in his very presence.

Interact: Is Jesus’ return a point of hope or a point of fear in your life? Why?

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