I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
This is the sixth post in a series on the Creed.
I have already focused on “I believe” to mean “I trust in”, “I commit myself to”…
This particular line in the Creed goes deeper and deeper.
It starts with Jesus – the historical man. There’s no doubt that he existed; as a historical person 2,000 years ago.
But is that it? Is that all? He’s just a man?
This line says more. It calls him “Christ” – that’s a title – it’s Greek for anointed. Messiah. Liberator. Peter, and others, confessed Jesus as the Christ (Mark 8:9).
And then the line goes deeper. Deeper than this you cannot go. God’s Son, our Lord. Acceptance of this after Jesus’ resurrection. Name above all names (Phil 2:9). Made both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).
We progress from the humanity of Jesus, through his vocation as the Christ, to his glorification as Lord in his resurrection. We start with the human Jesus, progress through what he gives us in his life and teaching, and conclude with what he gives us in his death and resurrection.
It’s the call of each of us where you and I stop along this scale.