WEEK 2: JESUS
Jesus is fully God and fully human; the only one in whom salvation is found.
We believe that, moved by love and in obedience to his Father, the eternal Son became human: the Word became flesh, fully God and fully human being, one Person in two natures. The man Jesus, the promised Messiah (Savior-King) of Israel, was conceived through the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit, and was born of the virgin Mary. He perfectly obeyed his heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, performed miraculous signs, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead on the third day, and ascended into heaven. As our Mediator, he is seated at the right hand of God the Father, exercising in heaven and on earth all of God’s sovereignty, and is our High Priest and righteous Advocate. We believe that by his incarnation, life, death, resurrection, and ascension, Jesus Christ acted as our representative and substitute. He did this so that in him we might become the righteousness of God: on the cross he canceled sin, appeased God’s wrath, and, by bearing the full penalty of our sins, reconciled to God all those who believe. By his resurrection Christ Jesus was proved righteous by his Father, broke the power of death and defeated Satan who once had power over it, and brought everlasting life to all his people; by his ascension he has been forever exalted as Lord and has prepared a place for us to be with him. We believe that salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name given under heaven by which we must be saved. No human being can ever boast before him.
1. Jesus is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament.
2. Jesus lived a sinless, perfect life of obedience to the Father.
3. Jesus died as a substitute for sin and reconciled to himself all things.
4. Jesus physically rose from the grave.
5. Jesus is King over all of creation.
QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
1. Why are some people are okay with believing in a higher power, but offended by Jesus?
2. Why is it important that we see Jesus as both human and divine?