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Jesus Christ is Lord! How many times have you heard this expression? What does it mean?
One of the most important truths I have learned about Jesus Christ, besides the fact He is my (only) Savior, is the truth about His Lordship. The truth and the fact that Jesus Christ is Lord!
The meaning of the word ‘lord’
The concept of a Lord is a little strange for us, as we are living in the 21st century. However, imagine yourself living 500 years ago. People back then knew much better the meaning of the word ‘lord’. Try to imagine that you lived 500 years ago in a small village, somewhere in Europe. Maybe you lived in a little cottage made of mud and straws with some pieces of wood. Perhaps the roof over your head was with cracks through which water would pour out when raining. Many people lived like that back in the Medieval Age.
Moreover, imagine that looking through your small window you could see, on the opposite hill, a prominent and beautiful castle. The owner of the castle would bear the title of a lord. He would own everything. He would have owned your house and everything in it, all the land in the area, the rivers and lakes, the forests and the animals living in them. Moreover, you were supposed to work all day long for him, and you did not receive any payment! You were allowed to work for yourself only if you had some spare time.
A good lord
If he ever needed help to repair the roads, you had to help him. If he required men for his army in a war, you had to fight for him. His word was law, and he had the right to judge any cause and make justice. Therefore, he had the right to put someone in prison or to free another one from it. The lord had the last word in everything.
There were some good lords too. They behaved like a father for their subjects. For example, when there was a war, he would send his army to protect his people. When there was a famine, he would have open his barns and feed his people. When someone was sick, he would send his doctors with medicine and took care of his people. However, he was still a lord. He always had the final word in any matter. He again did not pay you for your work, and you still had to work all day long for him, and everything you had belonged to him and you had no rights. Because he was the lord.
Jesus Christ is Lord not a President
We are not used with the word lord, because many of us live in democracies, where we have Presidents that we vote. However, the Kingdom of God is not a democracy, and we do not vote in His Kingdom. Jesus Christ is Lord and King in His Kingdom—not a president. We need the Kingdom mentality if we are to function correctly in His Kingdom.
The word lord appears almost 6000 times in the Bible. So, that makes it a significant word to understand. The word lord bears authority in it. It was a word used by a slave when talking to his master. Someone used the word lord regarding a King or Commandant, and it means master and owner. Deuteronomy 4:39
know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other (ESV).
Everything we are, we are because of the grace of God. Everything we have is because of God. We are His creation, and we live in the Universe which He created. God is the Sovereign God, and I am no god or lord. There is only one Lord — Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 1:9, Phil. 2:11, Eph. 4:5). Therefore, I do not believe a true Christian can live his life as he or she wants. When we understand the meaning of Jesus Christ is Lord, our life will change. We know that we do not belong to ourselves but to our Lord.
Jesus Christ is Lord
I have heard many people declaring that Jesus can be one’s Savior, but He does not necessary has to be one’s Lord. It is like you can have just half of what Jesus is with no need of the other half. I believe this is heresy, and it is a great deception among believers.
If Jesus is Lord over your life, that means you will not do what you want but what He wants. You will not listen or watch what you want, but what He wants. You will not go where you want but where He wants. And you will be careful what thoughts you allow in your mind, and what emotions or feelings will dwell in your heart. You will spend your time and money as Jesus wants. Because everything you are and everything you have belongs to Him and are to honor Him. Someone well said that Jesus Christ is Lord of all or lord of nothing!
Is Jesus Christ your Lord?
A prayer to recognize that Jesus Christ is Lord
Spend some time now and ask for the Lordship of Jesus in your life. Make sure you pray daily the following prayer! Even if you did that before, do it one more time. You can pray something like this (you can add many more things in your prayer):
Lord Jesus Christ, I acknowledge my need of You and accept You as my Savior, my Redeemer, and Lord and Deliverer.
I invite You to be Lord of the whole of my life:
Lord of my mind and all my attitudes and my mental health
Lord of my body and my physical health
Lord of my spirit and all my worship
Lord of my family and all my relationships
Lord of my sexuality and its expression
Lord of all my work and service for You
Lord of all my material goods and needs
Lord of all my finances
Lord of all my emotions and all of my reactions
Lord of my will and all of my decisions
Lord of the manner and time of my death
Thank you, Jesus, that Your blood was shed that I might be set free.
Invite Jesus to become Lord over your ears — and everything you hear, eyes — and everything you look, nose, mouth— and everything that comes out of it and goes inside it, hands— and everything you touch, legs— and all your ways.
Invite Jesus to be Lord over your intuition, instincts, conscience, identity, creativity, communion with God — through prayer, mediating at the Word of God, etc. You can extend this declaration for all your relationships, time, finances, family, marriage, singleness, destiny, calling, gifts, abilities, masculinity or femininity, the books you read, your sense of humor, etc. Be lead by the Spirit of God!
I am confident you will find this declaration powerful, especially if you do it with a genuine desire and out of love for God and with faith. We must put our lives in order, and that is under the Lordship of Jesus. Moreover, we can do that only with the help of the Holy Spirit. Take your time as you do this. And pay attention to every word you pray.
If you sense that some words are hard to pray, then ask the Lord why it is so. For example, you might find it difficult to ask Jesus to be Lord of the manner and time of your death. Talk to Jesus about it! Try to discern, with the help of the Holy Spirit, what exactly is in your heart or what frightens you. God knows!
Jesus Christ is Lord!
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