My Lord and My God


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My Lord and My God

Who do you serve?

“And (I Believe) in Jesus Christ, His (the Father’s) only Son, our Lord…”

This is the first credal statement of the Christian Church. Lord is not just some nice title that Jesus thought sounded good. It has real meaning. It means He has all power and authority. He rules over all things.

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” – Matthew 28:18
Jesus, Lord of All
Sometimes, I think we use this title without really thinking about what it means. This phrase is both frightening and reassuring at the same time. Jesus’ commands are final and He is our judge, from which nothing can be hidden. He also is our savior who has the power to carry out any and all promises He makes.
 
I could go on about the authority of Jesus as Lord, but, today, I thought we’d focus on another aspect of this statement in the creed. Jesus is our Lord. This is both a statement of fact and a statement of submission.
 
  • Fact: On the one hand, we are saying that Jesus is, indeed, Lord. This is a fact. Nothing can change this, even if we don’t believe it.
  • Submission: On the other hand, we are proclaiming our full, personal submission to Jesus. Jesus is my Lord. I follow Him. I obey His commands. I trust His judgments. I rely on His promises. He has all authority not only in heaven and on earth, but in me.
This is our declaration to the world. You may serve other lords, but I serve Jesus.
 
It’s like Joshua said to the Israelites after having come into the Promised Land.
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:15
Dear Jesus, 
 
You are Lord of heaven and earth and You are my Lord. All Your ways are good and Your promises sooth my soul. Help me to follow Your commands and trust Your promises.
 
Amen

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt

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