JESUS IS LORD
let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus whom you crucified,
both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:36)
“The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is the word of faith that we are proclaiming: “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
Whilst the ordinary man in the street in the first century recognised the lordship of Jesus Christ, the rulers of the synagogue saw in Him an upstart and a rebel. They were bent on throwing obstacles in His way to render life difficult for Him. But they could not; by their same actions, they unknowingly were fulfilling the Scriptures which said: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9) They were simply blind to who Jesus was.
“A man with leprosy came and knelt before Him (Jesus) and said, ‘Lord, if You are willing You can make me clean.” Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean!” Immediately he was cured of his leprosy. (Matthew 8:3)
“... a ruler came and knelt before Him and said, ‘My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her and she will live.’ (Matthew 9:18)
“Then one of the synagogue rulers, named Jairus, came there. Seeing Jesus, he fell at His feet and pleaded earnestly with Him, “My little daughter is dying. Please come and put Your hand on her so that she will be healed and live.” So Jesus went with him.” (Mark 5:22)
“The woman came and knelt before Him. Lord, help me!” she said.” (Matthew 18:24)
“In fact, as soon as he heard about Him, a woman whose little daughter was possessed by an evil spirit came and fell at His feet. The woman was a Greek, born in Syrian Phoenicia. She begged Jesus to drive the demon out of her daughter.” (Mark 7:25)
“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Jesus with her sons and, kneeling down, asked a favour of Him.” (Matthew 20:20)
“Then the man said, ‘Lord I believe, and he worshipped Him.” (John 9:38)
Interestingly, all of these characters who worshipped Jesus by kneeling or bowing before Him were exalting Him as Lord. All of them worshipped Him in all sincerity for His identity. All of them returned rejoicing after their expectations had been met. Honouring Jesus, Immanuel (God with us) for who He is, ‘God made flesh and dwelt among us’ is the first step to salvation – that is, being saved from sojourning permanently in hell.
Have you sometimes doubted the person of Jesus? It is nothing new. Even one of His disciples did. After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He appeared to His disciples who for fear of the Jews had locked themselves up in the Upper Room where they had taken refuge. When Jesus appeared to them the first time, Thomas was absent. On his return, his fellow disciples broke the news of the Master’s visit to him, affirming Jesus’ resurrection and that He was alive. His reaction was; “Unless I see the nail marks in His hands and put my hand into His side, I will not believe it.” (John 20:25)
A week later, Jesus appeared mysteriously in their midst (doors and windows closed) when Thomas was present and said to them; “Peace be with you!” Then He said to Thomas. ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:27) Immediately, Thomas exclaimed: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28) He recognised the lordship of Jesus.
The average person in the street behaves like Thomas, wanting to see and touch before he or she believes. Here’s what Jesus told Thomas: “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)
Worship comes from the heart and is spontaneous. In this world, we are prone to worshipping others --- like prominent movie and pop stars or sports figures and even terrorists --- to the point of idolizing them. Yet, they add no value to our lives, except to take us further away from the Truth – a way that leads to death.
Jesus is Lord over our lives and the universe. He is no ordinary person; born of a virgin, He was both God and man. The only purpose He came to this earth was to offer Himself as a sacrifice for the sins of humanity. Though a Son, He humbled Himself unto death, a shameful death on the cross. His Father, God, said of Him:”You are my Son whom I love; with you I am well pleased!” (Mark 1:11)
“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things.” (Colossians 1:19) God appointed His Son “... heir of all things, and through whom He made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word.” (Hebrews 1:2b-3) This is Jesus, the Word of God made flesh. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.” (John 1:1)
He Himself declared, “All authority and power have been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18) Make Jesus the Lord of your life!