I Believe in Jesus Christ, “Our Lord”

Are you ready for Holy Week?  We celebrate so many wonderful events that week – so many events that Christians cherish because through them, the promise of salvation became reality.  Every time we say the Apostle’s Creed we recall the events of Holy Week as well as the other events in the life of our Savior. Those things that Jesus did to free us from Satan are the same events that made him our Lord.  Martin Luther explains what that word “Lord” means as we use it in the second article of the Apostles’ Creed – “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.” Luther writes in his Large Catechism:

Let this be the summary of this article, that the little word “Lord” simply means the same as Redeemer, that is, he who has brought us back from the devil to God, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and keeps us there. The remaining parts of this article simply serve to clarify and express how and by what means this redemption was accomplished—that is, how much it cost Christ and what he paid and risked in order to win us and bring us under his dominion. That is to say, he became a human creature, conceived and born without sin, of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin, so that he might become Lord over sin; moreover, he suffered, died, and was buried so that he might make satisfaction for me and pay what I owed, not with silver and gold but with his own precious blood. And he did all this so that he might become my Lord. For he did none of these things for himself, nor had he any need of them. Afterward he rose again from the dead, swallowed up and devoured death, and finally ascended into heaven and assumed dominion at the right hand of the Father. The devil and all his powers must be subject to him and lie beneath his feet until finally, at the Last Day, he will completely divide and separate us from the wicked world, the devil, death, sin, etc . . . .

Indeed, the entire gospel that we preach depends on the proper understanding of this article. Upon it all our salvation and blessedness are based, and it is so rich and broad that we can never learn it fully.

(Taken from “The Book of Concord: The confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church”, p. 434.  Kolb, R., Wengert, T. J., & Arand, C. P., copyright 2000. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.)

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