Today’s devotional is from Colossians 3:17, “Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
Jesus is LORD!
A lord is someone with authority, control, or power over others; to say that someone is “lord” is to consider that person a master or ruler of some kind. In Jesus’ day the word lord was often used as a title of respect toward earthly authorities; when the leper called Jesus “LORD” in Matthew 8:2, he was showing Jesus respect as a healer and teacher.
After the resurrection, the title “Lord,” as applied to Jesus, became much more than a title of honor or respect. Saying, “Jesus is LORD,” became a way of declaring Jesus’ deity.
It began with Thomas’ exclamation when Jesus appeared to the disciples after His resurrection: “Thomas said to Him, ‘My LORD and my God!’” (John 20:28). From then on, the apostles’ message was that Jesus is LORD, meaning “Jesus is God.”
Peter’s sermon on the Day of Pentecost contained that theme: “Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both LORD and Messiah” (Acts 2:36). Later, in Cornelius’s house, Peter declared that Jesus is “LORD of all” (Acts 10:36). Note how in Romans 10:9 Jesus’ lordship is linked to His resurrection: “If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is LORD,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
The statement “Jesus is LORD” means that Jesus is God. Jesus has “all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). He is LORD of the Sabbath (Luke 6:5). He is “our only Sovereign and LORD” (Jude 1:4). He is, in fact, the LORD of lords (Revelation 17:14).
In saying, “Jesus is LORD,” we commit ourselves to obey Him. Jesus asked, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). An acknowledgement of Jesus’ lordship is reasonably accompanied by a submission to Jesus’ authority.
Jesus is LORD over all. No person can take His position or title as LORD. He stands apart and alone from all others. Like Thomas, let’s exclaim not only with our words, but with our walk, and with our worship - “My LORD and my God!”
Much love and care,
Greece Assembly Of God
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