Christians believe that Jesus, who is the son of God – God who became flesh – actually died. He died a shameful death, hung up on a cross. We also believe that three days later he physically, bodily, rose from the dead. This is a critical and central belief for Christians. Jesus’ death and resurrection are literally the way in which God opens the door for us and welcomes us into relationship with him.

I Believe in Jesus’ Death & Resurrection

Nic Kyalangalilwa delivers his fourth in a nine week sermon series unpacking the foundations of the Christian faith – working through The Apostles’ Creed, a statement of belief penned in the 4th Century AD.

The Apostles’ Creed is really the foundation of what a Christian believes.

“It’s really the foundation of what a Christian believes. This is what makes the difference between what we would call a Christian faith, and a non-Christian faith.”

This sermon looks at the fourth section which walks through Jesus’ death and resurrection: what happened, why it happened, and why it’s important to all of us today.

Jesus Had To Die

“The Christian believes that Jesus suffered. He didn’t suffer because he was sinful, he didn’t suffer at the hands of a human judge because of his own wrongdoing. And he wasn’t crucified because he’d done something wrong that deserved death. The unthinkable happened: God died. Not because God had sins of his own but because of me and you; because of our rebellion.

He didn’t die because of himself, he died because of us.

He didn’t die because of himself, he died because of us.

Jesus Rose Again

But he didn’t remain dead – and that’s the wonderful news – he rose from the dead on the third day so that our faith could be made strong, and so as we could trust in what he said. So as men could be reconciled with God, so as men could be accepted in God’s sight, so as men could be freed from sin and devoted to live for God.

That’s what we believe as Christians.”

Understanding The Apostles’ Creed

Find the other sermons in this series here:

  1. I Believe… In God, The Father Almighty
  2. I Believe… In God The Creator
  3. I Believe… In Jesus’ Incarnation
  4. I Believe… In Jesus’ Death & Resurrection
  5. I Believe… In Jesus’ Ascension & Return
  6. I Believe… In The Holy Spirit
  7. I Believe… In The Church
  8. I Believe… In The Life Everlasting

Text: Luke 23:13 – 24:12

Date preached: 1 May 2016

Location: Le Phare Church, Bukhavu, DRC-Congo