Jesus Is Lord
by Terry Broome
When Queen Victoria (Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1837-1901) had ascended her throne she went, as is the custom of Royalty, to hear the performance of Handel’s 18th Century “The Messiah.” She had been instructed as to the tradition of Kings and Queens over the past one hundred years before her. The tradition was that Kings and Queens were to rise when the others stood at the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus.” When that magnificent chorus was being sung and the singers were proclaiming “Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth…” the aged Queen Victoria, who sat in her wheelchair as the chorus began, struggled to her feet as the choir sang, “King of kings and Lord of lords.” She is quoted to have said, “No way will I sit in the presence of the King of kings.”
The Birth of a Classic: Handel’s Messiah, Posted on December 19, 2011 by Jerry Newcomb). Kings and Queens for centuries have been moved by the realization that Jesus is the King of kings, and Lord of lords!
The majesty of the Lord God Omnipotent and the one He has hailed as the King of kings – Lord of lords (Rev. 17:14; 19:16; 1 Tim. 6:15) should draw each of us to our feet, and humble us before His most holy presence. A study of the “lordship” of Christ is a most beneficial exercise. It not only helps us to focus on Jesus’ rightful place of authority and oneness with God, but it helps us to have the right relationship with Him — He is “My Lord.” It also helps us to see a very tender and loving side to his personality.
One cannot read John Chapter 11 without feeling the warmth that Mary and Martha felt for this man they lovingly referred to as “Lord.” Another example of this warm and intimate descriptive term is in John 21:7 “Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.”
His name is Jesus, yet with great tenderness of feeling, his disciples called him “Lord,” “it is the Lord.” This descriptive term came to be their most often used phrase to each other for Jesus, and to let others know of whom they were speaking. We show that same tenderness when we sing: “Jesus Is Lord, My Redeemer” and “Have You Seen Jesus My Lord?”
The Apostle Paul writes in Colossians 2:6-7 – “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.” Paul’s description carries with it the significance of his saying “The Anointed One whose name is Jesus, who is Lord.”
This title was given to Him at His birth, Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” It’s a title He shares with the Father who throughout the Old and New Testament is described as “Lord.” In fact John elevates Jesus eternally in our minds as “Lord of lords, and King of kings” – “These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful” (Revelation 17:14)
We often hear individuals ask, “Do you know Jesus as Lord?” “Is Jesus Lord of your life?” These are good questions and ones we must focus on as we consider Christ and our relationship to Him. If He is my Lord, then I must be His servant. Lip service will not suffice if we have the right relationship, Luke 6:46 (KJV) 46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
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