Second Article of the Apostle’s Creed
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”1 Peter 2:24
Share this Post
How much are you worth? I suppose it might depend on whom you ask. You’re worth a whole lot to your spouse, your kids, your parents, and your students. To the stranger on the street, maybe not so much, right? To someone who doesn’t like you, probably even less.
Apostle’s Creed, Second Article
And [I believe] in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.
What does this mean?
I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord,
who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil; not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death,
that I may be His own and live under Him in His kingdom and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity.
This is most certainly true.
Sometimes our worth is based on what we can do. When I was a kid, sometimes our gym teacher would appoint two team captains and then tell the team captains to take turns choosing players for their team. I would usually get picked in the last round or two. I’m not very good at sports, so I wasn’t worth much to any team. If my best friend was team captain, though, she would usually pick me first, because our friendship was worth more than a game in gym class.
At the very least, our earthly worth seems to vary. I don’t think of myself as having a price tag. Have you heard the old saying that some people are worth their weight in gold? It seems we don’t say that too often anymore. But our lives do have a price tag, and the cost is a lot more than our weight in gold. We owe a debt for our sins. It’s a price we could never repay in our sinful state. But it’s a price tag that Jesus paid in full with His own innocent blood on our behalf because we are His beloved children. His excruciating wounds paid the price for our sins. We have been made whole by His brokenness on the tree. Sometimes it seems unbelievable. Surely we would not do the same for those who have sinned against us, but that’s not the way our Savior works.
In Jesus, we are worth so much more than silver or gold! And so are your students, those precious little ones—or big ones—that He has put in your care. Jesus died for them too. What joy to share that good news of our worthiness in the Lord every day!
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Catechism quotations are from Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation, copyright © 1986 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.