The Apostles' Creed – Living with Jesus as Savior

PART 1 of a 5-part series

We'll start with God's word from the book of John.

Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, "What do you want?" They said, "Rabbi" (which means Teacher), "where are you staying?" "Come," he replied, "and you will see." So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent that day with him. It was about the tenth hour. Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).

When I was 13, I went to Europe with my mother. While we were gone, my brother Gene started attending a church with some neighbors. Here’s what’s so great. When I got back, he did what Andrew did for his Brother Simon. Having accepted Jesus that summer, my brother brought me to Jesus when I got back.

You know what's odd? He started the conversation something like this: "I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, and I want you to know Jesus, too."

I didn’t have a clue what that meant. 

Do you?  Do you know what he meant by “accepting Jesus Christ as Lord?

Before you answer, let's clarify a few things. Jesus is a very popular Biblical name (and by the way, "Christ" isn’t His last name). He would have been known as “Jesus Bar-Joseph,” meaning “Jesus, son of Joseph.

But "Jesus Christ” is not only a name, but also a title. The meaning of Christ is drawn from the Old Testament. God promised the ancient Israelites that a Messiah would come to deliver them from sin. So in Hebrew, it means Deliverer

The idea of the Messiah is then carried over into the New Testament with the title Christ. Christ is the Greek for “anointed one”

Tomorrow, we'll see why it's important to understand this.