Thursday, 1 December 2016

Jesus is Lord: Philippians 2:5–11

What does it mean when we say that Jesus is Lord? We use the words so frequently that we are in danger of losing the significance of their sheer power and magnitude.
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     ‘Lord’ is more than a mere title that Scripture bestows on Jesus. Philippians 2 emphasises the phrase by mentioning it repeatedly. It says God ‘gave Jesus the “name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus,” all of heaven and earth will bow down and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’ (2:9–11).
      In this passage, the name given to Jesus is none other than ‘Lord.’ This word is not used to describe what Jesus does; it simply describes who Jesus is. He is, and will always be, the sovereign ruler of everything in heaven and on the earth.
      Therefore, if we echo the confession ‘Jesus is Lord’, our lives must reflect that confidence. Is there anything in our lives that we attempt to hide from Christ? Have we refused to do something He has called us to do? These are acts of rebellion which demonstrate our lack of faith in Jesus as Lord of our lives.
      One day everyone will recognise that Christ is Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). We who are His children should show our faith by inviting Him into any dark areas of our lives and allowing Him to conform us to His image. We begin with the simple yet profound confession: ‘Jesus is Lord’. So when we confess those words, we should be mindful of their meaning.

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