A Lenten Exercise on the Creed, Part II
We continue our Lenten reflection on the Creed. Please see Part I for the ground rules. Please contribute!
Update 4/5/14: Part III has appeared.
For us men and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary,
and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate,
he suffered death and was buried,
and rose again on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures.
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead
and his kingdom will have no end.
I want to offer the following verses in reflection on this portion of the creed:
by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary: “The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from the Father as only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
he came down from heaven: “though he was in the form of God, he did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,but emptied himself,taking the form of a slave,being born in human likeness.” (Philippians 2:6-7)
he suffered death and was buried: “The snares of death encompassed me;the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me” (Psalms 116:3)
his kingdom will have no end: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; the first heaven and the first earth had disappeared now, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride dressed for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘Look, here God lives among human beings. He will make his home among them; they will be his people, and he will be their God, God-with-them.He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death, and no more mourning or sadness or pain. The world of the past has gone.'” (Rev 21:1-4)