To call someone “Lord” doesn’t mean much today, as Festus called Agrippa “lord”, is the way the word is used flippantly in politics, Acts 25:26. But as Jews and Christians use the word “Lord”, it should be used only in reference to our God of omnipotent rule.
Jesus is Lord over terrestrial forces, he proved this first in the making of wine from water, Jn. 2:1-12. And in instantly creating loaves & fishes for over 9,000 people in different occasions, Jn. 6:1-4, Mk.8:1-10, and also for instantly withering the fig tree, he proved his sovereign judgment in nature, Mt.21:18-22. And over celestial forces, proving this when he walked on water, Mk. 6:45-52, Jn.6:15-21. And over our climate, he proved it when he stilled the storm & sea, Mk. 4:35-41, Mt. 8:23-25. He holds everything together, Col. 1:17, Heb. 11:3. And over animals, showing instant control in riding the young colt of a donkey, never trained nor ridden on before, during the triumphal entry into Jerusalem, Lk. 19:28-40. And of the sabbath, fulfilling the old law of Moses with it’s prophecies and making null & void all of it’s commandments against us on the cross, Lk. 6:1-5, Col. 2:14. And over the demons, proving this when demons cried out for mercy in His presence, and He showed them none, Luke 8:26-39, 11:24. Jesus is also Lord over the human body, the most complicated and amazing of His creations, He proves this in the many marvellous healings of human weaknesses and deformities in His miracles, Mat. 4:24 & Jn. 21:25. He is the firstfruit of the Resurrection in overcoming death, Jn. 11:25-26.
Is Jesus Lord over our life? One day He will be Lord over EVERYONE in judgment, 2nd Ths. 1:7-10. It is wise to be in submission to His Lordship now, before He arrives. Both Paul & Thomas showed their submission to Jesus as Lord.
Paul the Apostle knew that to call Jesus his Lord meant sacrifice, Php. 3:8. If we make Jesus our personal Lord, we submit everything we are and everything we have beneath His control, for then will we truly know how great and merciful a Lord He really is, Ps 25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. Ps 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth. Ps 103:17 But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children; Ps 136:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever. Ps 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Thomas the Apostle knew Jesus as The Lord and expressed his personal and public dedication to Him as offering his own life, Jn. 11:15-16, but The Lord Jesus was not truly his own Lord, until he saw Jesus resurrected, THEN, Thomas said, “My Lord, My God”, Jn. 20:28. Secular history records Thomas as a lifelong faithful apostle and left this earth as a martyr for his Lord. We may not physically see Jesus, but we do have the mind of Christ in His word, 1Cor. 2:16, and the Spirit of Christ in our heart, Rom. 8:9. If you are looking you can see His Lordship. This can only be seen with the eyes of your understanding from your inner being, which Paul talks about in Eph. 1:18, 3:16. His Lordship can create a new life in us, if we will accept his gift and entry terms into the Kingdom, Ac. 2:38-39, 22:16. Repentance and baptism is not done simply to show the world that Jesus is Lord. Obeying the commands of Jesus in repentance, confession and baptism are simply demonstrations of our faith in the promises the Lord Jesus makes. What is His promise? He will remove your sins and give Himself to you. Acts 2:36-39
The Lordship of Jesus can be seen today in His…
…Supper and Cup, 1st Cor. 10:21 & 11:20
… Day, Revelation 1:10.
And in our conversation, Romans 10:9, 1st Corinthians 12:3.
His Lordship is seen in the fact that He has been appointed HEAD over His body. What He wants done, should be at least attempted by us. Today in the USA, many see Christianity as an enterprising business, an organization that uses a message to make money. This is sad, because whenever a “body” is turned into a business it is usually referred to as prostitution. Let us make Jesus and His will, the command of our heart, and try to give everything that is His, freely. Freely we received, freely we must give.