Who is Jesus Christ?
Jesus of Nazareth was a Jewish laborer-turned-rabbi who lived around two thousand years ago and taught about the God who created the world. Jesus was the foretold Messiah, or ‘Christ’, the divine Son of God who was going to “give his life as a ransom for many”. He promises eternal life and forgiveness of sins to everyone who believes in him, and performed miracles to validate his claims.
After three years of public ministry, he was arrested, crucified, and buried. Three days later, he rose from the dead. He taught his stunned and overjoyed disciples for a few more weeks before ascending into heaven and promising to return. He instructed his disciples to make more disciples throughout the earth until he returned.
The Christian Medical Society is a group of medical and research professionals who are disciples of Jesus Christ – people who believe in Him and are committed to knowing and worshiping him and introducing others to him. Many denominations are represented in the group. The basic beliefs of the leaders are summarized in the Apostles’ Creed:
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.