Plow Creek Mennonite Church
Disclaimer - meditations are the personal reflections of the worship leader, not official church doctrinal statements.
What does Jesus is Lord mean?
Presented by Jim Foxvog
September 24, 2006
Our first and most important membership commitment is "Do you commit your life to Jesus is Lord?"* All our other commitments are consequenses of this primary one.
Romans 10:9 says "If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved."
Affirming Jesus is Lord is central to our salvation. Saying "Jesus is Lord" has two basic types of meaning. One is our relationship to Jesus; the other is who Jesus really is. One way I sum up the two meanings is:
Jesus is my master.
Jesus is Yahweh God.
How we relate to Jesus should be the consequence of knowing who he is.
In the Greek translation of the Bible that was used in the time of Jesus, the personal name of God, YAHWEH, was translated into Greek as (kurios), usually translated into English as Lord or Master.
The Apostles and New Testament writers often quoted Old Testament passages about the LORD (YaHWeH), but made clear that they believed the passages spoke of Jesus Christ the Messiah. They also consistently gave Jesus powerful titles which were used for YaHWeH in the Old Testament. It would surely shock anyone who believed in the LORD God of the Law and the Prophets to see His titles and descriptions placed upon Jesus of Nazareth. The Apostles knew the Old Testament well. They purposely used the titles and descriptions of the LORD God in the Law and Prophets for Jesus Christ in the New Testament. They were not blaspheming or confused, They were making a point- that God himself took on a human body to live visibly on the earth and to redeem mankind. John put it this way: "the Word was God.... the Word became flesh and lived among us" (John 1:1,14).
But believing, knowing who Jesus is, is not enough.
James wrote, "Even the demons believe-and shudder."
"Jesus is Lord" means also my master. One I should obey and has power over me. Receiving Jesus as Lord means that my constant overriding goal should be to be to obey him. Nothing else should matter. Jesus' last command in Matthew is
"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." Matthew 28.19-20We are to obey; to observe all that Jesus commanded.
"Master" also means that Jesus has power of life and death over me -- over us. Not just us who believe. Jesus could have called on an army legion of angels to save him, have called down fire from heaven to destroy those who rejected him. Jesus has power of life and death over believers and unbelievers, human rulers of nations and demons, the whole world; not just the world, the entire universe. He is the meaning of the universe; what its being is about. This is what existance is about -- anything and everything's existance. My being, and your being.
It is in our interest to live according to the nature of reality. This is Reality - the One who made the universe is the one who died to save us. The one who keeps the universe working is also the personal friend Jesus. If I jump off a cliff and don't believe in gravity, does that effect the result?
The central fact of reality is Jesus is Lord. Do we always act and think and feel with this basic fact the central premise? Is this how we always live??
I know my life is not always focused on Jesus. Our whole being is to be focused on our Lord. If it is not -- when it is not -- the biblical call is to repent; change -- transform -- our minds until our whole life is focused on Jesus Christ.
I am going to lead a prayer of repentance. If it is true to you, repeat after me:
we have not always put you first.
Our lives have not always be in submission to you.
Our hearts have not always been focused on you.
turn us around,
In Jesus' Name, Amen
Litany: Who is Jesus?
Who is Jesus?
Leader: Who is Jesus?
Reader 1 John 13:13 You call me Teacher and Lord-and you are right, for that is what I am.
Leader: Jesus is Lord and teacher. Who is Jesus?
Matthew 16:15 Jesus said to his disciples, "But who do you say that I am?"
16 Simon Peter replied, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God."
17 And Jesus answered him, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.
18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the powers of death shall not prevail against it.
Leader: Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God. Who is Jesus?
Reader 3 Romans 10:9 If you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever disobeys the Son will not see life, but must endure God’s wrath.
Acts 4:11 This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ 12 There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."
Hebrews 2:3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?
Leader: Jesus is Savior. Who is Jesus?
John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.
John 3:18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
Leader: Jesus is God's only son. Who is Jesus?
Reader 5Leader: Jesus is the creator, the Word of God. Who is Jesus?
1 Corinthians 8:6 yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
John 1.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God;
3 all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
Reader 6Leader: Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords. Who is Jesus?
Revelation 19.11 ¶ Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse! Its rider is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war.
12 His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on his head are many diadems; and he has a name inscribed that no one knows but himself.
13 He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is called The Word of God.
14 And the armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses.
15 From his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty.
16 On his robe and on his thigh he has a name inscribed, "King of kings and Lord of lords."
John 20:28 Thomas answered Jesus, "My Lord and my God!"
Leader: Jesus is Lord and God.
* Commitment modified October 2006 to read "Savior and Lord"