Melvin Newland, the preacher for the Ridge Chapel Church in Kansas, OK, tells an incredible story of a lady who attended a Sunday service.
The lady, a former member 25 years earlier, was visiting a friend in the Ridge and decided to attend services that morning. However, following the worship she approached Melvin and angrily informed him she was not happy with the service.
“Why?” asked Newland.
Because,” she said, “throughout the service and in your sermon you mentioned Jesus.” And she felt that was absolutely wrong! “After all,” she said, “Ridge Chapel is for all the people in Flint Ridge, and nothing controversial should ever be mentioned in the service. And since there are people in Flint Ridge who don’t believe in Jesus we should never offend them by mentioning Him at all.”
Melvin opined that in this lady’s mind “Ridge Chapel should be strictly a club specializing in social gatherings and doing good deeds within our community.”
Like that lady, many in our society are offended at Jesus. Especially when we acknowledge Him as Savior and Lord!
The apostle Paul affirmed that Jesus “is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15).
THE WORD “LORD”
There are actually four different Greek words translated into English word “Lord.” But the one most often used is “Kurois.. It’s used 717 times in the New Testament. And sometimes translated “Master”
The word “Lord” indicates supremacy, authority, dominion or power. It is a title of honor expressive of respect and reverence. Jesus is called Lord is many different ways. He is called….
Lord from Heaven
Lord God Almighty
Lord God of Hosts
Lord of All
Lord of Dead
Lord of the Living
Lord of Glory
Lord of Hosts
Lord of the Sabbath
Lord our Righteousness
JESUS IS LORD BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS!
(1) Jesus is God! John identified Jesus as “the Word.” Then He says “And the Word was God.” Paul calls Jesus “the image of the invisible God” Image means figure, likeness or profile.
People who discredit Jesus, attempt to reduce him to just a mere man and dilute his influence, impact and authority. But He rules as Lord!
(2) Jesus is the Creator! The Bible says, “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” (Col. 1:16-18)
Jesus, as God, participated in creating the cosmos! The sun. Moon. And stars! He created things visible. The Rocky Mountains. The Mississippi River. And the Grand Canyon!
Jesus created things invisble. The Atom. The Neutron. And the Electron.
Jesus is Lord!
(3) Jesus is Head of the Church. He promised to build it (Matt 16:18). He purchased it with His blood (Acts 20:28). And the Father gave Him preeminence in ALL things and the Head of His church.
Sometimes I receive a call at the church office asking, “Who’s in charge there”? The answer? The Lord Jesus!
JESUS IS LORD BECAUSE OF WHAT HE DID!
On the Friday of Jesus’ crucifixion, He became our Lord when he redeemed us from sin through his shed blood (Col. 1:13-14). The cross. a human instrument of shame and suffering, became a divine means of reconciliation. We were estranged from God. Alienated. Enemies. Lost. And undone. But through our Lord Jesus we have been resorted to fellowship with the Father.
It all became clear following Sunday’s resurrection. Questions were answered. Doubt changed into belief. Sadness became gladness. Lives were transformed. Hearts were emboldened. History was forever altered. And a new reign began!
Like Thomas, the Believer, we bow before Jesus and proclaim, “My Lord! And My God!”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman