Jesus Christ is at the centre of the Christian faith. Jesus’ followers were called “Christians” very early in the history of the religion, see Acts 11:26. Through the 2000 years that have occurred since, Christians have believed various truths about Jesus which are well summarised in what is called the Apostle’s Creed

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The Apostle’s Creed

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

Jesus is the Christ; the long promised king.

Jesus is God; God the Son.

Jesus is the ruler of the universe

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

Jesus was not the Son of God by some physical sexual act between God and Mary

but by the miraculous work of the Holy Spirit

born of the virgin Mary,

Jesus’ conception and birth were unusual – miraculous.

But yet Jesus was human just like us, born just like us

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

Jesus was sentenced to death for crimes he did not commit by the Roman ruler of the time:

Pontius Pilate. Jesus is not a person of myth and legend but based in real human history

and his life and death can be examined not only in the bible but in other history books

was crucified, died and was buried:

Jesus died just as one day we will all die

he descended to the dead.

Jesus really did die

On the third day he rose from the dead;

But Jesus did not stay dead. 3 days later he was alive again

he ascended into heaven,

Jesus is no longer on earth

and is seated at the right hand of the Father;

but is with God the Father as the Father’s ‘right hand man’ the position of power and influence

from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

Jesus is coming back to earth one day,

this time to judge everyone who has lived or is alive at his coming so we better be ready