We believe in Jesus Christ, truly God and truly human, in whom the divine and human natures are perfectly and inseparably united. He is the eternal Word made flesh, the only begotten Son of the Father, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit. As ministering Servant he lived, suffered and died on the cross. He was buried, rose from the dead and ascended bodily into heaven to be with the Father, from whence he shall return. He is eternal Savior and Mediator, who intercedes for us, and by him all will be judged.
Jesus Christ walked on Earth in order to minister to us and to set an example for us. He ate with sinners and outcasts and is always looking to be with those on the margins. Jesus is the personification of love and the example for our own lives. Jesus’ death on the cross was the epitome of love for humanity. Jesus loved us so much that he was willing to die to show us the extent of his love. Jesus did not come to condemn the world, but to save the world.
Jesus Christ is the Lord over creation, the church, and our personal lives. Jesus Christ as Lord is a kind and merciful Lord who cares for his people, church, and creation and is always on our side. This means that Christ weeps with us at times of sorrow, but also rejoices during times of joy. Jesus Christ cares deeply for all of those whom He is Lord over and this is evident in his life, teachings, death, and resurrection that are attested to in scripture. Claiming that Jesus Christ is Lord is the simplest creed that a believer can profess. It designates Christ as an overseer, and puts ourselves into a place of submission to the awesome love of Jesus Christ.
“Article II – Jesus” in The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. (Nashville, The United Methodist Publishing House , 2016), ¶104.