Dec 26, 2021 |The Apostles Creed

The Death That Brought Life

12.26.21 | The Apostles Creed

The Death That Brought Life

Justin Detmers

John 19:1-7

What we believe matters and impacts how we live. Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins? Pastor Justin Detmers reminds us that our belief in Jesus as our Savior changes how we live here and now, and where we spend eternity. Jesus suffered and died for us, and it is through His sacrifice that we have been given grace to live differently today and the opportunity to spend eternity with Him.

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I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of the saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of Armies; his glory fills the whole earth. The foundations of the doorways shook at the sound of their voices, and the temple was filled with smoke. Then I said: Woe is me for I am ruined because I am a man of unclean lips and live among a people of unclean lips, and because my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of Armies.

Isaiah 6:3-5

God is holy. In Him, there is not even the faintest trace of evil. He is impeccably pure, wholly without fault, and uncompromisingly just. God cannot lie. He cannot make wrong decisions. He
is blameless, timeless, and sinless. By contrast, we are flawed beings tainted by sin. By all rights, a holy and righteous God must judge sinners, and the wages of sin is death.


He suffered under Pontius Pilate


Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers also twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on his head, and clothed him in a purple robe. And they kept coming up to him and saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” and were slapping his face. Pilate went outside again and said to them, “Look, I’m bringing him out to you to let you know I find no grounds for charging him.” Then Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

John 19:1-5

When the chief priests and the temple servants saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!” Pilate responded, “Take him and crucify him yourselves, since I find no grounds for charging him.” “We have a law,” the Jews replied to him, “and according to that law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.”

John 19:6-7

He was crucified, died, and was buried


He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it away by nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; he triumphed over them in him.

Colossians 2:14-15

Yet he himself bore our sicknesses, and he carried our pains; but we in turn regarded him stricken, struck down by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced because of our rebellion, crushed because of our iniquities; punishment for our peace was on him, and we are healed by his wounds.

Isaiah 53:4-5

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, because it is written, Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.

Galatians 3:13

He descended to the dead


After this, when Jesus knew that everything was now finished that the Scripture might be fulfilled, he said, “I’m thirsty.” A jar full of sour wine was sitting there; so they fixed a sponge full of sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it up to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then bowing his head, he gave up his spirit.

John 19:28-30

Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples that are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 20:30-31

Considering the death of Jesus, why do you think modern people often struggle to see the significance of this historical event?

Why does God’s holiness and justice require punishment for sins?

Read Colossians 2:14-15. What did the death accomplish for those who put their faith in Him?

Read Isaiah 53:4-5. In what specific ways was the sinless savior a sacrifice and substitute for sinful people?

Consider the statement that Jesus made on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:28-30). How does His death completely deal with God’s anger at sin and simultaneously give us confidence that we are unconditionally loved and forgiven?