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Christ Is Lord

Which is easier: to call Christ Savior or to call Him Lord? Worshiping and honoring Jesus as Lord is much more difficult. We love the fact that Jesus died for us to rescue us from Hell. We are grateful that He loved us enough to sacrifice Himself for the forgiveness of our sins. We may not be quite as enamored with the fact that Jesus wants to be our Lord and Master. Here’s what Peter said in 1 Peter 3:15 (NLT):

Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it.

What does it mean that Jesus is Lord? It means that we submit to Him in everything. It means that we surrender everything to Him. Everything. We own, possess and have nothing that is ours. Our money, our families, our jobs, our very lives belong to Jesus. There is nothing that doesn’t belong to Him. The Father gave Jesus all authority (Matthew 28:18). That means that He has authority over you and me. Jesus is Lord and we must honor Him and worship Him as Lord. We will all bow before Jesus one day. Let us commit to honoring Him as Lord of our lives today.


Jesus Was A Teacher

Jesus Christ is many things. He is the Son of God. He is the Savior of the world. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Friend of sinners. He was also a teacher. Matthew, in his biography of Jesus, wrote:

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them. – Matthew 5:1-2 (NIV)

This is how Matthew begins his account of the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus, exercising the authority given to Him by God the Father, taught people. Jesus, who was God in human flesh, taught people how to have a loving relationship with God and how to please God. He taught people how to have better relationships with others, too. Jesus was more than just a teacher, though. He is the Messiah and He came to seek and to save the lost and to bring them home. If you feel lost, know that Jesus is chasing after you to bring you home. He knows right where you are, so you can stop running away and just fall into His arms and He will teach you how to know and love God.

Jesus Is No Fairytale

Some people like to think of God’s Word, the Bible, as a collection of myths and legends. There are some who believe that Jesus was a mythical person or a prophet or a good teacher. He had a good message of morality and love, but as far as being the Son of God or Messiah, they’re not willing to go that far. What if there were eyewitnesses to Jesus who were willing to die for what they saw? That’s who Peter was. He wrote:

For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. – 2 Peter 1:16 (NIV)

Peter says that those with him did not make up the stories about Jesus. They saw Him, in the flesh, do all of the things that Scripture says He did. They saw Him fulfill prophecy. They saw Him heal people and perform miracles. They saw His majesty. Jesus Christ is no mythical figure. Jesus Christ is no mere teacher or prophet. Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Whether you believe it or not, it’s the truth.

Giving An Account

Peter wrote about the lifestyles of the pagans in chapter 4, verse 3 and said that they were surprised that the Christians wouldn’t join them in their behavior. The Christians once lived that way, but did not live that way anymore. Because they wouldn’t join in on their sinful ways, they persecuted the followers of Christ. Peter then wrote:

But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. – 1 Peter 4:5 (NIV)

Jesus is our Savior, but He is also our Judge. For those who trust Jesus for salvation, this is really good news. The One who will judge us is the One who died to save us. For those who persecute Christians, they don’t realize that Jesus takes it personally. When you persecute His family, you’re persecuting Jesus. Imagine standing before Him as your Judge when you’ve been persecuting His family. That’s a scary thought! We all have to give an account for how we’ve lived. Let’s live to share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet.

The Angels’ Longing

The Holy Spirit of God revealed the sufferings and glorification of Jesus the Messiah to the Old Testament prophets. They wrote about them, not for their own benefit, but for ours. Peter says:

It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. – 1 Peter 1:12 (NIV)

Did you hear that? The angels of God longed to know what was going to happen on earth. Angels are not all-knowing creatures or beings. They anxiously awaited God’s plan to be revealed, just as humanity did. Oh what a plan it is! To forgive and save humanity from our sin and wickedness by His grace through Jesus Christ, our Savior. The angels of Heaven could not have conceived of this amazing plan. But God knew all along how He was going to rescue us from death. That’s what He did. He chose to save humanity by sending His Son. Now, we who receive salvation through Him rejoice because of God’s amazing grace and love.

The Holy Spirit Fills Us

God’s Spirit is is an awesome power source for the Christian. He is a reminder that God lives in us and that we belong to Him. He testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. John wrote:

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus is the Son of God and He is the Savior of the world. This truth is confirmed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. When we come to faith in Christ and we trust in Jesus for salvation by grace through faith, we are not only forgiven, but we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We must listen to God’s Spirit and submit to His leading and teaching in our lives. When we do, we’ll find that life makes more sense and we have a peace that goes beyond our ability to comprehend it.

He Loved Us First

The Apostle John writes quite a bit about God’s love in chapter 4 of his first letter. God put His love into action when He sent Jesus to earth to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. John wrote:

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

Notice that God the Father sent Jesus before we loved Him. Jesus coming to earth wasn’t a response to our love for God. It was done out of God’s love for us. Before we even knew we were loved, Jesus came. Before we even knew we needed a Savior, Jesus came. Before we could reach out to God, Jesus came. God reached out to us before we reached out to Him. That’s what is so awesome about the love of God. It is undeserved and unconditional and it is for everyone. If you’ve never reached out to God, know that He has already reached out for you by sending His Son, Jesus.

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