What is the Lordship of Jesus, what exactly does that mean and why should I care?
How is this defined?
When a person receives the gift of eternal life, it is through the confession of sin to God, asking for His forgiveness, and believing Jesus died (as well as the fact that He lives today) to pay for the sins we committed. There is one other aspect of this, if you are truly saved, then you have submitted yourself to Jesus as Lord. This is not optional it is required.
When we read the translated word Lord in the New Testament the most commonly used original Greek word is κύριος, it is derived from “kuros”, meaning “supremacy”. More commonly seen as Kurios (Lord) meaning; he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord.
Acts 2:36 says, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”
Jesus is Lord, all things have been placed under His authority, Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Therefore since Jesus possesses all authority in both heaven and earth that means that all of humanity is under His Lordship. It matters not whether or not you believe this…people can and do deny Jesus His rightful place as Lord of their lives and that includes Believers.
In the end however, all will bow before Jesus and acknowledge Him as Lord. Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Jesus was made both Lord and Christ; Christ is not so much a name as it is a title. Christ means “anointed one” and “messiah”. So Jesus as Lord means that all things are under and subject to Him…all things and all people. Jesus as the Christ means He is the Anointed One, the Messiah our promised Savior.
Many call Jesus Lord, but either do not understand the true meaning of this, or only pay lip service to His title.
Matthew 7:21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
This is pretty clear I think, if Jesus is Lord in our life, we obey Him. Not perfectly, not without sin, but we strive to obey Jesus commands and live a life that honors Him.
Those who refuse Jesus therefore refuse Him his rightful place as Lord over their lives. This is a very serious sin with eternal consequences. This is of course referring to unbelievers, they will not submit to the Lord, until one day they face Him at the judgment…and find out that Jesus is their Lord and always was, only now the acknowledgement of that fact will not allow them a place in heaven. Believers who do not acknowledge Jesus as Lord in their actions and lifestyle, well I hope they are not in for a rude awakening when standing before the Lord.
For the Believer, we have to acknowledge Jesus as Lord, but that does not mean that we let Him be Lord in all areas of our lives. If you are truly saved, but tend to often live a life that is more representative of the rest of the world than a Believer…lets just say that that will not go well with you. Things will happen as a result of this. Satan can only do what the Lord allows him to do, if you are living a life that rebels against God, God will allow Satan more access to your life. God disciplines His own and in many different ways. If the sin is serious enough, such as unrepentant repeat sin…this can lead to premature death.
The Lordship of Christ is very serious; it is not to be taken lightly. We as humans struggle with this concept of Lordship. Why do you think that is? We naturally want to be in charge, and along comes Someone who says, I’m in charge here and you need to do as I say…that Someone is of course God. But still, we do not like that! We want to be ruler of our own fiefdom; I will make the decisions here! Our human nature instantly rebels at this thought of submitting ourselves, even to God.
Jesus though He says we must submit ourselves to Him fully and do as he asks of us…He does not ask of us what He was not willing to do Himself! Think about it, Jesus came here as a man (while still being God in nature) and what do you think was the primary objective of His time here on earth?
It was to submit to and obey His Father…all else was secondary. If Jesus had not obeyed the Fathers commands, we would not be here today discussing Lordship because our salvation would not have happened to begin with. Remember Jesus did not want to go to the cross; He did so because the Father told him to do so. Jesus prayed, (Luke 22:42) “not my will, but yours be done”.
We are to obey Jesus, just as Jesus obeyed His Father.
Just as there is punishment for breaking the law of the world; and punishment is based on the severity of the crime, so to there be punishment for refusing Christ His rightful place in your life depending on your level of refusal.
Submit yourselves to the Lordship of Jesus and enjoy the blessings of God in your life.