For an introduction to the series, read this.
We continue today our progression through the Apostles’ Creed:
Memorization for the Week
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. The third day he rose from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
Thoughts for Discussion with Children
Does it seem strange to you that we love and worship a man whom we have never seen? We are supposed to love Jesus more than anyone else in the world, and yet he has never shown himself to us. Can we really love him without seeing him?
There are two important things to remember about this. First, we can indeed love Jesus even though we can’t see him because he is still with us by the presence of the Holy Spirit in us. As you know, the Bible teaches that there is one God who is three Persons–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–and that through the Holy Spirit we can truly know the Father and the Son. So Jesus is with us spiritually, even if not physically.
But that really isn’t enough. Yes, it is enough for now, but it wouldn’t be enough if it were all we could ever have. The Bible tells us that the day will come when Jesus will come again, and he will appear to us in the same body that he had when he was raised from the dead and ascended to heaven. He is God’s appointed king, and because he is, he must come again one day to rule over this world in person. He will judge both those who are alive at that time and those who have died by raising them from the dead for judgment. And when that day comes, every single person will know that Jesus is Lord of all.
This is why we should pray, as some do in the Bible, “Come, Lord Jesus!” When we pray for God’s kingdom to come, we pray for Jesus to come again. This broken world needs him to come and make all things right.
Recommended readings: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 1 Corinthians 15; Revelation 19:1-21:8