The Lordship of Christ

The first time that the word “Lord” was used in the Bible was in Exodus 6, just before God delivered the children of Israel from Egypt. We read in Exodus 6:12: “And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by My name Lord, (Or Jehovah) I was not known to them.” Therefore, in order for them to come out of Egypt and to enter the Promised Land, they had to the revelation of God, as their Lord. Therefore, the Lordship of Jesus is possibly, the greatest key to our deliverance, our freedom, our blessings and our relationship with God. If we really understood the Lordship of Jesus, there will no limit to what God would do in us, through us and for us!

The word “Lord” comes from the Greek word “kurios” which means “supreme authority.” For Jesus to be our Lord, means that we receive Him as the supreme authority in our lives, and the phrase, “no Lord” no longer exists. We read in Colossians 1:16-18: All things were created through Him and for Him. The last phrase says, “That in all things He may have the pre-eminence.” All things were created by Jesus and for Jesus. We were created for Him! It says that He may have the pre-eminence, or that He may have first place in our lives. Where ever Jesus has first place, everything else falls into place. The reason why many are so ineffective and powerless is because they have only received Jesus as their Saviour, and not as their Lord. 

In Philippians 2:11 it says that, “… God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, … and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Every tongue will confess one day that Jesus is Lord. Even the unbeliever, the Muslim and the atheist will do so. Every one of us will do so. We will either do so now, while we are alive, or we will do so at the Great White Throne judgment, when those whose names are not written in the Book of Life will be thrown into the lake of fire. It is our choice!

In Romans 14:9, we read, “For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living.” In Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost, he saidin Acts 2:38-39, “… God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”  Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” It was this revelation that brought conviction and repentance to those who heard the message.

In the same way, it is the revelation of the Lordship of Jesus that will change people’s lives and bring them into conviction, repentance and submission to the will of God. We will never be effective for God until we have the reality of the Lordship of Jesus, and what that means in our lives. Jesus said that “not everyone that says, “Lord, Lord, will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but they that do the will of His Father, who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)  It is easy to say, Lord, Lord, but the issue is not what we say, but what we do! (Vision of preacher who saw the gates of heaven)

What does the Lordship of Christ mean to us today:

Firstly: It means total obedience to His word and His will:

Jesus said in Luke 9:23-26, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it…”  We notice that this is not a command, but an invitation. Jesus said, “if anyone desires.” We have the freedom to say yes, or no! It also says, take up his cross daily. This is an ongoing experience and not just a one time commitment. To take up our cross, daily means Jesus has absolutely authority over our lives and that we will obey Him even to the point of death. We realize that we will pay any price, no matter how big in order to follow Jesus. Let us look at some other scriptures:

Luke 14:33, “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” This scripture means exactly what it says. The Lord Jesus has the legal right to everything we own, and we must be willing to forsake these if He so demands.

2 Corinthians 5:14-15:For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.” To make Jesus Lord of our lives means that we have died to ourselves and we put Jesus first in every decision that we make.

Luke14:26: “If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.” In order for Jesus to be Lord, we must put Him before any other relationship, even our close family relationships. Our obedience to Jesus is more important than our obedience to others. Jesus, will not be Lord of our lives if we put any other relationship or anyone else before Him. He must have the first place.

Secondly it means that we will not ashamed to confess Him publically:

We have already read this in Luke 9:26, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels.” Jesus gave us this serious warning in Matthew 10:32-33:  Therefore whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, him I will also deny before My Father who is in heaven.”

In2 Timothy 1:8 we read, “Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord…” If Jesus is Lord, we will use every opportunity to tell others about Him even if people reject us and we lose our friends and relatives. One of the signs that we are committed to Jesus and that He is our Lord, is our willingness to bear His reproach before people and we are not ashamed to tell others that we belong to Him.

Thirdly: The Lordship of Jesus is demonstrated by our giving and generosity.

Jesus said to the rich young ruler, In Matthew 19:21, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” We read in 2 Corinthians 9:7, that God “loves a cheerful giver.” Jesus said in Luke 14:33, “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Jesus said in Luke 12:34:For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” If Jesus is truly Lord of our lives that we will desire Him more than anything that we possess. Those that really love Jesus are generous givers.

Fourthly, if Jesus is Lord, we will be committed to other believers:

We read in Acts 2:44 about the early church. “Now all who believed were together, and had all things in common…” The Lordship of Jesus is demonstrated by the way we treat other believers. In 1 John 3:14 we read, We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren.” We have a serious command in  Hebrews 10:25, “… not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” One of the ways that we demonstrate the Lordship of Jesus is through our commitment to the local church

Fifthly: It means that holiness and purity are important:

1 John 3:3,And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.” Holiness is a very big topic, but if Jesus is to be the Lord of our lives, we will be careful about what we read, watch and think about. There are many verses in the Bible that speak about the importance of holiness. We have a very serious warning in Hebrews 12:14 that “…without holiness, no man will see the Lord.” In 2 Corinthians 7:1 we read, “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

6. Sixthly: It means that our relationship with God is our highest priority:

There is much we can say about this. Jesus is our best example; He often got up early in the morning to spend time with His Father. The Bible says in Colossians 4:2: “Continue earnest in prayer. (or make prayer be the main business of your life.” Jesus said in Matthew 6:6, “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you ]openly.” He said “when you pray… and not if you pray!” Jesus expects us to make prayer a priority in our lives just as it was in His life.” If Jesus is Lord, then we will have a regular, quality, personal relationship with Him.

The grace of God and the Lordship of Jesus:

Whatever God requires from us, He will give us the grace to do so. We cannot live under the Lordship of Jesus in our own strength. We have an interesting example in  Matthew 19:24-26, Jesus said to His disciples:  “And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle (or to put a rope through the eye of a needle) than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Without the grace of God, it is impossible to be saved and live the Christian life. That is why Jesus said, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” That is why Paul said in Corinthians 15:10, “But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”  Therefore, whatever God commands us to do He will give us the grace to do it. All that God requires from us is to make the right choice. If we do so, He will give us the grace to do what He wants us to do. For example, when Jesus called His disciples, He said, “come and follow Me!” We read that they immediately left their nets and followed Him. How could they make such a radical commitment, leave everything and follow Him? He gave them the grace to do so the moment they chose to follow Him!

Therefore, the Lordship of Jesus is not a difficult yoke and a heavy burden, but a joyful and life giving experience. Jesus said in Matthew 11:30: “…For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” In Philippians 2:13 we read that “God works in you to will and to do of His good pleasure.” Not only does He tell us what to do, but He will give us the willingness to do so. I have found this to be true in my own experience. Whenever, I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit in some area in my life, and made a clear decision to obey God in that area, I have experienced the grace of God that has enabled me to obey God in that area of my life.

The Holy Spirit and the Lordship of Jesus:

Furthermore, we are able to live under the Lordship of Jesus, because He has given us the Holy Spirit. In Acts 1:8 we read, But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses …” The word ‘witness’ is also the word ‘martyr.’ When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive His power to do anything that He commands us to do, even if it will cost us our lives. We see this in the life of Peter. Before the day of Pentecost he was a coward who denied Jesus. After the day of Pentecost he became so bold that he did not fear anyone. We even see this in the life of Jesus. We read in Hebrews 9:14: “(Jesus) who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God.” It was the Holy Spirit that empowered Jesus to go the way of the cross. Therefore, if we are continually filled with the Holy Spirit, led by the Holy Spirit and we continually depend on the Holy Spirit, we will be able to live under the Lordship of Jesus.

The results of living under the Lordship of Jesus:

1. We will experience Gods abundant life:  Jesus said in Matthew 10:39, “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” To lose our lives, is to make Jesus the Lord of our lives. If we do, we will ‘find’ our lives. He will give us back something far more wonderful than that what we were willing to lose for His sake. Jesus said in John 10:10: Ï have come to give you life and life abundantly.” Even if we do not see the full reward of His abundant life on earth, we will be rewarded in eternity.

2. We will experience God’s abundant provisionMark 10:29-30,Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or [d]lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time – houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life.” Whatever we give up on earth for the sake of Jesus, is like seeds that we sow that yield a great harvest of provision. In the well know verse in Matthew 6:33 we read, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Heavens resources are made available to those who have surrendered everything to Jesus and who have made Him the Lord of their lives.

3. We will become fruitful in our calling and ministry:  In John 12:24-25 we read, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.  He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” Everything that God blesses and anoints has to go through a process of death and resurrection. This is called the way of the cross! Therefore, a life surrendered to Jesus will be a fruitful life, greatly used by God. We have the example of Abraham. When he was prepared to offer up his son Isaac in total obedience to God, God said to him in Genesis 22:18: “In your seed all the nations shall be blessed because you have obeyed My voice.” In the same way, when we obey the Lord, even if it is at a great cost, great blessing is released through us towards others

4. We will experience a wonderful intimacy with the Father and the Son: In John 14:23 we read, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” As we allow Jesus to have preeminence or first place in every area of our lives, we will experience a satisfying intimate relationship with Him. Jesus said in John 17:3: “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” To have a real satisfying relationship with God is one of the greatest blessings of the Lordship of Christ

5. We will receive a great eternal reward: There are so many scriptures that confirm this truth. Jesus said to the rich young ruler in Matthew 19:21, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven...” Jesus says to those who are willing to suffer persecution and reproach for His sake: “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matthew 5:11-12) If we are willing to make a stand for Jesus, even in the face of great persecution, there will be a great reward in heaven.

Finally: Paul wrote in Romans 8:18, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  Even if we have to suffer, for making Jesus the Lord of our lives, it will be nothing in compared to what we will gain in eternity. Jesus said, “He who loses his life for My sake will find it.”  Amen