You Can Trust Jesus As Lord

Unprecedented is a word you might be using a lot. I know I certainly am. In such a short time our entire way of life has been turned on its head. Almost all modern comparisons fall short. And yet nothing has caught God by surprise. How apt Proverbs 16:9 is in this season, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” There is nothing wrong with planning as long as we know we are never dealing with a full deck of cards. In a time like this we are keenly aware of the sovereignty gap that exists between us and God. 

Which leaves us with a couple options. We can trust ourselves and our ability to control things around us. Or we can trust in the truth that Jesus is Lord.

It’s common for us to view Jesus as both Savior and Lord. And rightfully so. One of Jesus’ closest disciples writes in 1 John 2:2, “He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” Through the atoning work of the cross, we are freed from the pandemic of sin and justified from its penalty. In a season of trial, it can be easy to call on Jesus as Savior. But let us not forget that Jesus is not only Savior but also Lord. Indeed, possibly the most important faith proclamation in Scripture is found in the three words: Jesus is Lord. So what does it mean to declare Jesus is Lord? Or put another way, what kind of Lord do we declare? 

One of the best pictures of the Lordship of Jesus can be found in the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the Colossians:

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross. (Colossians 1:15-20)

 

Lord of Creation

He is the visible image of the invisible God and all things seen and unseen are under his dominion. This passage above was likely a hymn for the early church. That sense of worship that bubbles up in you when you read it is due to the fact that it’s in our nature to worship Jesus. When we correctly locate his place as Lord our heart longs to worship him. 

Jesus as Lord of creation shows us that we don’t simply have a verbal proclamation of Lord but a visual one as well. Through the power and beauty of creation, we see the truer beauty and greater power of the one who created it. And in the same way, our life is a visual and not just verbal proclamation of the Lordship of Jesus. 

 

Lord of the Church

The Church is the body of Christ. And the way we live, work, and worship declare Jesus as Lord of the church. The way He holds creation together is the way He holds the church together. We are secure in Him as His body and His children. 

Security is an elusive thing. When we work to secure ourselves is when we actually become insecure. But when we find our security in the Lordship of Jesus, we are truly secure. In a season like this, it can be easy to feel like we have lost control. Control of our family, our finances, and our future. Yet it’s not control we’ve lost but the illusion of control. We are not the ones who release the captives, give sight to the blind, or set the oppressed free. We proclaim the ONE who does these things. Jesus has always been in control and no pandemic changes that. We don’t secure ourselves; we are made secure in him. 

 

Lord of Life

In Paul’s seminal letter to the Romans, he presents the purity of the Gospel message as this, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). It’s no accident that Paul references the power of the resurrection here. His Lordship is connected to his resurrection. And as John Stott said, “The counterpart of His lordship is our discipleship.” The salvation of Jesus means we follow Him in His death and through His resurrection. And although this will be fully realized one day, the way we proclaim him as Lord now will be how we experience salvation on this side of eternity. 

We are living in the midst of a turning point for our world. Generations will be defined by this moment. And the spiritual legacy we leave will likely come down to how well our life declares that Jesus is Lord. I plan to join the chorus found in Philippians 2:10-11:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 

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