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Jesus: From Up to Down

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Romans 10:9–10 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

(1) The foolishness of Jesus
Matthew 16:20 ESV
Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Jesus’ promise of resurrection
Matthew 16:21 ESV
From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Matthew 16:22 ESV
And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “Far be it from you, Lord! This shall never happen to you.”
Matthew 28:1–5 ESV
Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.
Matthew 28:6 ESV
He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.
What do I believe?
What do I believe?
The Nicene Creed
We believe in one God,       the Father almighty,       maker of heaven and earth,       of all things visible and invisible.
We believe in one God,       the Father almighty,       maker of heaven and earth,       of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made.   For us and for our salvation            he came down from heaven;            he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,            and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;            he suffered and was buried.            The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.            He will come again with glory            to judge the living and the dead.            His kingdom will never end.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, begotten from the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light,   true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made.     
true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made.   For us and for our salvation            he came down from heaven;            he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,            and was made human. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;            he suffered and was buried.            The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures. He ascended to heaven            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.            He will come again with glory            to judge the living and the dead.            His kingdom will never end.
true God from true God, begotten, not made; of the same essence as the Father. Through him all things were made.     
For us and for our salvation            he came down from heaven;            he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,            and was made human.
He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate;            he suffered and was buried.            The third day he rose again, according to the Scriptures.            He ascended to heaven            and is seated at the right hand of the Father.            He will come again with glory            to judge the living and the dead.            His kingdom will never end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit,       the Lord, the giver of life.       He proceeds from the Father and the Son,       and with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified. He spoke through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.       We affirm one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.       We look forward to the resurrection of the dead,       and to life in the world to come. Amen.
(2) The foolishness of those who reject Jesus
Psalm 14:1 ESV
The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds; there is none who does good.
1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
(3) The foolishness of the cross
1 Corinthians 1:25 ESV
For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
1 Corinthians 1:27 ESV
But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong;
1 Corinthians 3:19 ESV
For the wisdom of this world is folly with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their craftiness,”
1 Corinthians 4:10 ESV
We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
What does it mean to be a “fool for Christ”? It is the willingness “to be wrong in society, or wrong according to our time, but right according to our conscience, as guided by the Holy Spirit.” - Stephen Colbert
(4) The wisest choice you will ever make is to choose Jesus
Romans 10:9–10 ESV
9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
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