“For unto You is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:11)
Do you believe Jesus Christ is Lord? If so, is He your Lord? It’s one thing to say, “Yes, I believe Jesus is Lord,” but another thing to mean it. Is He Lord of your time, talents, treasure, and testimony? Is He truly Lord?
Sometimes people say, “I decided to make Jesus my Lord.” Too late for that. He already is. It’s not “Will you make Him Lord?” but “Will you submit to His Lordship”?
The New Testament calls Jesus “Lord” 747 times.
Jesus is called “Lord” far more often than “Savior.” God has already declared Him “King of kings and Lord of lords”. His very name, “Jesus,” means “Jehovah saves.”
In the Old Testament, “Jehovah” is translated “Lord” 7,000 times. When the angel announced to the Jewish shepherds, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord,” it could mean only one thing: Bethlehem’s child is Jehovah, who saves, co-equal, co-eternal with the Almighty. The God-fearing shepherds understood. They bowed and worshiped Him.
Calling Jesus “Lord” was costly
Rome held sway over the world at that time. You had to say “Caesar is Lord.” They could have gotten along splendidly with Rome if only they’d say, “Jesus is a god,” alongside all the other Roman gods. For a pious Jew or Gentile to say “this child in Bethlehem is Lord” meant “Caesar is not Lord. There is one Lord, and His name is Jesus.”
But at the cost of their lives they said, “Neither is there salvation in any other. For there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). That’s why so many were put to death.
Why did the Lord Jesus Christ come to earth?
Why did God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity, step out of heaven’s splendor and become a man? So He might become our sacrifice upon the cross. In so doing, He brought Satan’s kingdom crashing down.
...[God] has given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord….” (Philippians 2:9-11)
When you confess His Lordship, you secure your salvation.
If you want to understand who Jesus is, lay your intellectual pride in the dust and ask, “Lord, reveal this truth to me.” It’s the only way to be saved.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth that Jesus is Lord and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Romans 10:9). What is the confession? That Jesus is Lord.
I’m not asking, “Do you believe in His Lordship?” but “Is Jesus Christ your Lord?” If not, you’re not saved. You say, “Well, I accepted Him as Savior.” The Bible never says “accept Him as Savior,” but receive Him as Lord.
You cannot receive what Jesus gives—salvation—and refuse who Jesus is, “…a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” He was born a king and He is King. We didn’t elect Him and we’ll not impeach Him.
You can receive Him as your Lord. You can bow your knee to Him and say, “O Lord, You are the King. The government is upon Your shoulder. I yield my heart to You.”
Have you received Him as your Lord?
Full article originally published by Love Worth Finding
The Conquest (1780)
Acts 4 tells of the great conquest of Jesus Christ, the one who died and arose from the grave.
He is still alive and well; the Christ that walked the shores of Galilee is alive through His new body, the Church, even today.
Because He lives, His persecution continues. Adrian Rogers says, “When you persecute the church, you persecute Jesus.”
At the beginning of Acts 4, a miracle was performed by the disciple, Peter. He claimed it was the power of Christ in Him who healed. As a result, the people were beginning to follow Jesus. The religious leaders didn’t like it, and began persecuting the Church. But because the apostles were acting as the hands and the feet of the Lord, it was Jesus who was persecuted, too.
Because He lives, His preaching convinces. How did these uneducated fishermen preach and five thousand come to Christ? They were not dependent upon their power of persuasion or winsomeness to bring these people to Christ. It was the people’s encounter with Christ through the disciples that convinced them to believe.
Because He lives, His power confronts. There are things happening in this world today that are undeniably done by the hand of Jesus. He is still performing miracles.
Because He lives, His presence compels. After spending time with the resurrected Christ, Peter was compelled to tell others about Him. If we spend time with Jesus, we will be as bold as His disciples. His presence will compel us with a holy boldness; a knowledge that Jesus is alive and He lives through us.
Finally, because He lives, His people confess. Acts 4:20 says, “For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Anybody who has known that Christ is alive cannot keep quiet; we cannot hold it in.
Because He is alive, we can wear persecution like a badge of honor. We can let Jesus convince, confront and compel others through us.
Let us not be ashamed to confess what He has done in our lives.
Apply it to your life
Do you know that Jesus is alive? Does your life reflect this? Stay in the presence of Jesus.
Like an iron in the fire, let there be a holy boldness about you. Tell someone about Jesus today.All Sermons by Adrian Rogers