(you can read part one here and part two here)

Nicene-CreedWho, for us people for our salvation, came down from heaven,The impulse is to make it about us, you know. That old narcissistic soteriology. Unless, of course, our salvation is about more than us. Unless our salvation is more about restoring all things. Making new all that is fallen. But it’s his kenosis that we love.

and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man;

The crux of the claim, of course. Jesus son of Joseph, born of woman, is also God. From eternity. But God is particular and specific. And, understanding ethos, must understand the human condition. Jesus became man. And he now he knows.

and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried;

Crucified for us? Yes. To satisfy our bloodlust. Our hunger and thirst for vengeance. He suffered and died because our proclivity toward violence demanded it. And when our rage was spent, he entered the tomb. And we underwent catharsis.