Jesus is the Son of God the Father. He is our Savior. He is our Lord. In the New Testament, the term “Lord” is often used to refer to Jesus Christ. He is powerful and authoritative. He is the head of the church. He is the ruler of all God’s creations. He is also the Lord of lords and the King of kings.
Colossians 1:15-18 talks about the supremacy of the Son of God. “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him, all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
According to Revelation 3:14, “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.” Likewise, Revelation 17:14 says that “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
What the Scripture Says About the Lordship of Jesus Christ
After Jesus’ resurrection, the term “Lord” no longer simply indicates respect or devotion towards Him. It became a way of acknowledging His divine standing. Such reference began with the declaration of Thomas when Jesus came to His apostles after He was resurrected. John 20:28 tells us, “Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”.
From this time forward, “Jesus is Lord” became a reference to “Jesus is God.” Matthew 28:18 proves this. “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” Likewise, Luke 6:5 tells us, “Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”
Jude 1:4 tells us, “For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ, our only Sovereign, and Lord.”
Revelation 17:14 tells us, “They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of lords and Kings of kings – and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”
What We Should Learn About the Lordship of Jesus Christ
There are many truths that we need to learn about the lordship of Jesus. For starters, Jesus is Lord because He is God. God has three divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Every one of these Persons is fully God. Hence, Jesus, being God the Son, is Lord. He is the ruler of all things created here on Earth. Psalm 103:19 tells us that “The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” This rule is not just comprehensive in its extent, which is over all of space and time. It is comprehensive in its details as well. So, Jesus rules every aspect of everything in the universe.
Jesus is Lord because He has saved us from our sins. He has attained perfect obedience and universal dominion. Due to His resurrection and ascension, He has been enthroned at His Father’s right hand.
According to Ephesians 1:20-23, “he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”
Because Jesus is Lord, we have to obey Him at all times. In fact, He has authority over everyone, including those who do not believe in Him. This is evident in the Scripture. Matthew 28:18 tells us, “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”.
According to Ephesians 2:8, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” It is through the Holy Spirit and our trust in Jesus Christ that we are saved. As a form of gratitude to God, we genuinely obey Jesus. This genuine obedience serves as our offering to God, for we have been saved.
Jesus Is Lord
Jesus and lordship are inseparably connected. The Scripture is very clear on this. Philippians 2:9-11 proves this. According to the verse, “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
From the very beginning, God has intended for us to be saved by His only Son, Jesus. Jesus was born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross. Then, he resurrected and ascended into heaven.
Lordship is, in fact, at the heart of Jesus’ work on the cross. Romans 14:8-9, “If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”
Jesus Christ is Lord, always and forever.