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Jesus Christ is Lord

In the English language, the term “lord” may refer to a form of addressing and inclusive of courtesy and respect for other people, specially related to some honors, traditions and peerage, or as a way to refer to God himself and especially to Jesus Christ. We are so accustomed to hear or to use the word “lord” that we may have not paused to reflect and to go deep into the meaning of the term “Lord” when applied to God.

The title of Lord is proper of God, because he alone is the Lord in the broader and true sense of the term. Within the Trinity, the Father is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord, but the Son is the person within the Trinity, of whom it is said to be “Lord” par excellence.

When the Bible states that Jesus Christ is Lord, it is saying that he is the Master, the Owner of all that exists. All is his and moreover no one can take it away from him. It is he who holds all power and exercises his authority in an absolute way. No one is above him. He does everything he wants. His word finds no opposition and his power is above all power. He is the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Rev 19:16).

Jesus Christ, true God and true Man, is not a Lord at par with other lords, or just one among many. He is Lord, the only Lord.

The Word of God which is true, since in it there is no darkness nor possibility of error, shows us Jesus Christ as Lord, right from the Old Testament.

Ahead of the birth of the Lord, King David said this of Christ in advance: “Royal dignity has been yours from the day of your birth, sacred honour from the womb, from the dawn of your youth” (Ps 110:3).

The prophet Isaiah, prophesied 800 years before the coming of the Savior, announcing that the Messiah would also be that extraordinary person on whom the lordship would fall: “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders…” (Is 9:6). The prophet Zechariah also prophesied over the might of his Lordship, “his dominion shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth” (Zech 9:10). On the day of birth of the Savior and Lord, the angels of God proclaimed to the shepherds with joy: “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Lk 2:11), telling us that the awaited Messiah, would also have the divine title of “Lord”.

The same Jesus Christ, the Truth, during his earthly stay, did not deny, but did agree and before his disciples explicitly recognized that he was the Lord. Moreover, this was the usual way by which he was addressed by his followers: “You call me Teacher and Lord -and you are right, for that is what I am” (Jn 13:13). Another obvious example that we have in the words of the same Lord, was recorded by the evangelist Matthew, “Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven” (Mt 7:21), taking for granted that he is indeed the Lord.

Such importance has the title of “Lord” since the coming of Jesus Christ to the earth that in the New Testament there is no other title applied to Jesus Christ as much as that of “Lord”. The New Testament alone contains the term “Lord” applied to Jesus Christ more than three hundred times.

Jesus Christ is Lord! Absolute and final truth. Although some may not like it, or to some it may repel, although others may deny it, although still others may pretend to erase this truth, as it is desired in many places of this our world, their efforts are in vain, for he and he alone, is the Lord, and always will be. So to recognize the Lordship of Christ is an act of righteousness that adds nothing nor magnifies his Lordship that is independent and prior to acknowledgement by any creature.

It is right to give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, but it is necessary and vital for a man’s life to be lived under the Lordship of Christ, recognizing with all his being that he alone is the Lord.

Now, it is necessary to clarify that when we state that Jesus Christ is Lord, we recognize in an objective way that he is Lord, although in fact, subjectively, a reasonable part of humankind is not submitted to him, owing to the wrong use man can make of his freedom on earth, by serving masters other than the only Master. In addition, the majority of human beings denies or rejects Jesus as Lord. But it is also written: the day will come when every knee shall bend and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord for the glory of God the Father (cf Phil 2:10).
 

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