Thursday, September 17
Jesus is Lord
Scripture: Ezekiel 45-46, Luke 1
Luke 1:42–43 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. 43 Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me?
Luke 1:76 “And you, my little son, will be called the prophet of the Most High, because you will prepare the way for the Lord.”
Luke wants us to be clear about Jesus.
When Mary visited Elizabeth, the older women exclaimed, “Why am I so honored that the mother of my Lord should visit me.” Jesus is the Lord—a term that Jews applied only to God. Mary’s baby would be the Lord, and Elizabeth called Him, “my Lord.” An unborn baby!
When Zechariah’s mouth was opened after John’s birth, he prophesied that his son (John the Baptist) would be God’s prophet who would “prepare the way for the Lord.” The Lord was coming to earth. John’s role was to prepare the way, and John identified Jesus as the Lord.
Jesus is Lord.
Like Elizabeth, I gladly say that Jesus is my Lord. “Jesus is Lord” is the fundamental Christian confession. See Romans 10:9, 1 Corinthians 12:3, Philippians 2:11.
Jesus is Lord. What does this mean?
Theologically, it acknowledges the deity of Jesus. It says that Jesus is God in the flesh.
Practically, it acknowledge Jesus’ leadership in my life. To say “Jesus is Lord” is to place oneself under His reign, to do what He says and go where He leads. If you believe the theological truth of “Jesus is Lord,” it must be accompanied by the practical truth of living under His leadership—otherwise that belief is suspect at best.
Today, I will live under the leadership of Jesus. “Jesus is Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, you see my stated desire and intent—now help me do it. This is easier said than done!