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Meditations on the Apostles’ Creed

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(29) suffered . . .

Surprise after surprise in this Creed! God created a world out of nothing and was born into it. Then, of all things, he suffered in his own world! If God is all good, why did he allow suffering in his world? If God is all mighty, why did he himself…

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(30) suffered . . .

I can’t think of any other way to make a human sort of world than the way God made it. The only “perfect world” that I can dream up inevitably turns out to be either the solitary splendor of God, or a lifeless realm of the dead. But whenever I…

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(31) suffered . . .

Jesus’ suffering had depths to it that I shall never fully understand. As an artist suffers when vandals destroy his work, so God must suffer while men wreck his world. But God’s heart aches mostly for the wrecker: who have cheated and ruined themselves. God suffers when we suffer. When…

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(32) suffered under Pontius Pilate

This man Pilate was not merely a private individual. He was the representative of the vast system of Roman law and power. Insofar as law is a restraint upon reckless evildoers it reduces human suffering considerably. Jesus recognized Pilate’s office as one of God’s gifts to the world and submitted…

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(33) was crucified . . .

I believe that Jesus Christ was God come in the flesh to rescue mankind. Obviously this was not what most men of Jesus’ times believed. Jesus was crucified. The Jewish religion, like Roman law and Greek culture, had no place for him. But Jesus cared too much to hold his…

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(34) was crucified . . .

This is a perishing world, always threatened with destruction by the uncreated realm of nothingness. All light and existence would long since have disappeared if it had not been for the inexhaustible creative resources of God. All unity would have disintegrated ages ago if God had not held his world…

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(35) was crucified, dead . . .

From all eternity God was preparing to seek out his treasure for safekeeping forever. Someone would have to go down into the created world, and on down into the dim regions of the past, to seek and to save what might otherwise be lost. Man as a creature was at…

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(36) . . . dead, and buried; he descended into hell

All the way through his dying, Jesus had trusted in God and in the power of truth and love, no matter what the cost to himself. At last one man had entirely measured up to God’s dream. Jesus was altogether worthy of everlasting trust and eternal life. He was just…

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(37) the third day he rose again from the dead

Death had taken all men throughout the ages. Around every living person the shadow of death always circled like that of a hovering vulture. Eventually every man would die and stay dead. It didn’t matter whether or not he was bad or good, ignorant or skilled and learned, ugly or…

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(38) . . . he rose again from the dead

The evidence for Christ’s resurrection lies all around me in things that can be traced away back through history to find their meaning and explanation in the reality of Christ’s rising. The Lord’s Day, Sunday, the first day of the week, became a special day of worship for the Jewish…

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