Posted by: gstiekes | May 26, 2011

LORD

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

The most common designation for our Savior since His resurrection is LORD. 

  • Acts 1:6 – Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel.
  • In Acts 1:24, soon after his ascension, His followers prayed to Him as LORD.
  • His followers began speaking of Christ’s return as the Day of the LORD (Acts 2:20; Philippians 3:20).
  • Acts 2:21 – …whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be saved.
  • Acts 2:36 – God hath made that same Jesus, Whom ye have crucified, both LORD and Christ.
  • Acts 2:47 – And the LORD added to the church daily such as should be saved.

The early followers of Jesus Christ recognized Him as their Lord and lived that way (Romans 1:3; 5:21; 6:23; Ephesians 3:11; 5:20; Colossians 1:3).  Paul like Thomas recognized Jesus as My Lord (John 20:28; Philippians 3:8).   Jesus is referred to as Lord over 100 times in Acts.  The Apostle Paul refers to Jesus as Lord over 200 times in his epistles.

In order for a person to be saved, Jesus Christ must be recognized as Lord.  To receive Jesus Christ as Savior is to receive Him as Lord and Master, to recognize His authority.  If Jesus is not Lord, then He does not have the ability to save anyone.  When Saul recognized Jesus on the road to Damascus, he immediately submitted to His authority and called Him Lord (Acts 9:5). His immediate response was – Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do (Acts 9:6).

John Wesley, following his salvation at Aldersgate, said that he awoke every morning with “Jesus, Master” in his heart and mouth.

The Greek term for Lord is kurios, meaning supreme in authority, controller or Master.  Saul immediately recognized that he was dealing with someone far superior to himself.  He wants to be Lord of our lives.  Worship Him as Lord and take time to acknowledge His lordship in your own life.  You will never regret it!  The day is coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord.

This Day in History

735 – Venerable Bede went into the presence of the Lord

Venerable Bede was well known as an author and scholar.  He has been referred to as The Father of English History.  He was laboring on his crowning work, translating the Gospel of John into Anglo-Saxon, when he recognized it was not long before he would die.  On the morning of May 26 he told a friend to take a pen and write fast as he had one chapter to finish.  At the end of the day he said, I have lived long, I desire to die and be with Christ.

Special Prayer

Pray for families who have lost homes and family members in the recent outbreak of tornadoes.


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