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Jesus Christ, Lord of humankind

In the previous weeks we got into the person of Jesus Christ, noticing how he is the Lord of all creation and how he has all authority over sin and its consequences: death, evil, sickness and law. In this and in the forthcoming themes we shall have a look at how Jesus Christ is the Lord of all humankind in general and of all areas of our life in particular.
The Lord is the Lord of everyone and of all, but, for affecting us in a more direct way and because of its more direct consequences for our lives, we shall give especial attention to the fact that Jesus Christ is the Lord of all humankind of all times, including each one of us. So, we shall glance at our person and see what the word of God says regarding his lordship over us.
The human being as whole, “spirit, life and body” (cf 1 Thes 5:23) belongs to the Lord. The word of God states in a categorical way, the Lordship of Jesus Christ over humankind: For you know that the price of your ransom from the futile way of life handed down from your ancestors was paid, not in anything perishable like silver or gold, but in precious blood as of a blameless and spotless lamb, Christ (1 Pt 1:18-19). When Christ bought us out, he acquired all rights over us and as such we belong to him. He is our Master and Lord. We are his. Our lives have been snatched from the hands of our enemies, which were defeated on the cross. As such, the exclamation of the apostle Paul is not but this: “You have been bought at a price” (1 Cor 6:20).
Now then, as God has given freedom to man to submit himself or not to him, his Lordship over each man to be fully efficacious, remains conditioned to man’s acceptance of this Lordship. If man, in a wrong use of his freedom, decides to separate himself from Jesus Christ and to reject the work of the cross, man stays or remains under the authority of the Devil.
For a better understanding of this I want to explain in brief something very important to man’s life. When a man is born into this world, he is not born into the Kingdom of God, but into the kingdom of Satan. Let us remember the words of Christ to Nicodemus: “In all truth I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above. Nicodemus said, ‘How can anyone who is already old be born? Is it possible to go back into the womb again and be born?’ Jesus replied, ‘In all truth I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born through water and the Spirit” (Jn 3:3-5). The Kingdom of God does not only manifest itself in the world to come, but also on the earth among the Christians; The Kingdom of God came to the earth with Christ and is present wherever Christ dwells. Therefore, it is necessary, to be born again, to be born to a new life, into which we are incorporated by faith in Christ Jesus and the Baptism when the Holy Spirit is poured into our hearts and we become children of God. It is only through faith in Jesus Christ and by Baptism, that a human being is snatched away from the kingdom of darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of Light or the Kingdom of Christ.
Precisely, and using the words of the apostle Paul, we were dead in our sins and offences, we had become God’s enemies because of sin, but he came to us and bought us. He ransomed us, took us. He revived us. He snatched us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his beloved Son. If we decide to live in his Kingdom, we move out of the area of Satan’s domain, who is the Prince of this world, and we begin to have a new Master, Jesus Christ. Because “for anyone who is for Christ, there is a new creation: the old order is gone and a new being is there to see” (2 Cor 5:17). This means, that for our buying by Christ to be fully effective it is necessary that we believe in him and be incorporated into his Kingdom. Also to remain in it, because it is also possible in this life to go out of his Kingdom by rejecting its Lord, thus falling once again under slavery to the Devil.
The fact that Jesus Christ is the Lord of man, leads to an automatic deduction that whatever man is and has truly does not belong to him. All that we are and have belongs to the Lord. We are only stewards of the gifts that God gives us. There are people who boast of their intellect, of their works, of their wealth, but the word of God warns and reminds us that a human being cannot boast of anything: “What have you got that was not given to you? And if it was given to you, why are you boasting as though it were your own?” (1 Co 4:7). This is a phrase that would not be improper for us to keep in our heart, so to have everything in place, for us not to appropriate of what does not belong to us and to glorify God with all that we are and have. Of what is man owner and lord, in the true sense of the word? Of sin. This is his. Of it God does not have a share, nor he wanted to have as he abhors sin, which opposes his holiness.
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