Why do you call Him Lord?

Text: Luke 6:46; Matthew 7:21


Now glory be to God who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even think of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes. May he be given glory forever and ever through endless ages because of his master plan of salvation for the church through Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 3:20,21 (TLB)

Welcome to another blessed week brethren. We do pray our message meets you well.

Let’s begin by taking a look at the dictionary meaning of the word ‘Lord’,
Lord according to ‘Wikipedia’ is “an appellation for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power over others, acting like a master, a chief, or a ruler. The collective “Lords” can refer to a group or body of peers.

Christians identify the man Jesus as “the Lord Jesus Christ”, and have done so from the very beginning of Christianity. As Peter preached the full gospel for the first time, on the day of Pentecost, the rousing conclusion to his sermon was:

“Let all the house of Israel, therefore, know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36; ESV).

The title “Christ” meaning “anointed“, and synonymous with the Hebrew word, “Messiah“, refers to the choosing of Christ by God Himself.

(Adapted from https://www.mydailytribune.com/opinion/29073/search-the-scriptures-why-do-you-call-him-lord)

The word LORD comes from an Old-English word meaning, “bread-keeper”. That is, one’s Lord was the person who provided food and security for one’s self. The word being translated in the Bible as Lord denotes a person of authority, that is, to acknowledge the ownership of one’s self because of their superior authority.

Now, let’s look at various scriptures talking about our Lord Jesus Christ:

  • David called him Lord. (Matthew 22:45, Luke 20:44, Psalm 110:1)
  • He is the Lord of Lords. (Revelation 17:14, 1 Timothy 6:15)
  • God made him both Lord and Christ. (Acts 2:36)
  • All power belongs to Him. (Philippians 2:9-10)
  • Confirmed by Jesus through His word. (John 13:13,14)
  • We have one Lord. (1 Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 4:5)
  • He is the Lord of Sabbath. (Luke 6:5)

Let’s take a look at our anchor scripture:
– Luke 6:46

So why do you call me ‘Lord’ when you won’t obey me?”

– Matthew 7:21

“Not all who sound religious are really godly people. They may refer to me as ‘Lord’, but still won’t get to heaven. For the decisive question is whether they obey my Father in heaven”.

If Jesus is truly the Lord of your life then you will have the desire to conform your life according to His leading. It follows naturally that you will have a willingness to do the things He tells you to do, whether for your own salvation or for the salvation and good of others.

The word ‘Lord‘ needs to be more than a meaningless title, used out of habit. It needs to be a statement of faith. A declaration that you belong to Him and will live your life accordingly.

Romans 10:8-10

Verse 9: For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord, and believe in your own heart that God has raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

At this juncture, I will not assume that every one of us has Jesus as our Lord, for that will be a costly assumption.

Action Point

Therefore, I would like you to know that God loves you. Yes! You have sinned, Jesus died for you, if you believe in him you will be saved, why not go on your knees and confess your sins to Him, proclaim Him as your Lord, declare that you belong to Him and will live your life in obedience to His will.

Congratulations if you sincerely prayed that prayer. Welcome to the Kingdom of God and His Christ, do well to seek him by the reading and studying the word (Bible), pray every day and fellowship with fellow believers.
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SHALOM!

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