What Does It Mean That Jesus Is Lord? Understanding Its Impact

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The most popular title for Christ Jesus is “Lord.” The term itself generally denotes someone with authority, power, and control. The Bible reveres Jesus as the church’s leader and the supreme authority over all creation, recognizing him as the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings.

By exploring and understanding its significance, we hope to learn more about the profound impact that confessing Jesus as Lord may have on both the spiritual and temporal facets of life and to appreciate its long-lasting effect better.

What Does It Mean That Jesus Is The Lord?

A lord, in layman’s terms, typically dominates others—to refer to someone as a “lord” is to think of them as a master or ruler. When the leper addressed Jesus as “Lord” in Matthew 8:2, he respected Jesus as a healer and teacher.

Back then, “lord” was a way to show respect for worldly authorities. But when we say “Jesus is Lord,” what we mean to say is that Jesus is God.

Jesus is the supreme authority in both heaven and earth. He is the Sabbath’s Lord[1]. He alone reigns as our Lord and Sovereign. Without a doubt, He is the ultimate Lord among the Lords. It’s compelling to note how the apostles frequently linked the “LORD” in the Hebrew Bible (Yahweh) to “Lord Jesus” when making comparisons between the Old and New Testaments.

By declaring that “Jesus is Lord,” we pledge to submit to Him. Submission to Christ Jesus’ authority follows naturally from acknowledging his lordship. If Jesus is Lord, it means that He is our Lord Almighty; He owns us and can direct our actions.

What Makes Jesus A “Lord”?

Everything on earth and in heaven is included in the domain of Christ’s reign. Nobody is exempt from God’s Son’s authority, not even death. As the Lord of both the living and the dead, individuals face a crucial decision during their lifetime: to submit to Him or rebel against Him.

They will recognize Jesus’ lordship when they are held accountable to Christ beyond death. If we haven’t bowed the knee to Jesus in this life, we’ll have to do so when we stand before God in judgment.

Have you let Jesus, Lord, govern your life? If not, you may be fearful or resentful. But if you’ve experienced His love, trusted His goodness, and yielded to His will, you’ll find comfort in His lordship.

Through our collective experience, we have gleaned that professing Jesus as Lord transcends the realm of doctrine. It constitutes a profound call to a life of unwavering devotion, service, and compassion. It urges us to align our beliefs, actions, and priorities with His. This knowledge can revolutionize our interactions, steer our choices, and fill our lives with purpose.

illustration of the ascension of jesus christ

Who Can Say Jesus Is Lord?

According to 1 Corinthians 12:3, only the Holy Spirit can declare, “Jesus is Lord.” Therefore, a person who declares, “Jesus is Lord,” fully comprehending what that declaration implies (Jesus is God and has absolute control over all things), has attained divine illumination. Salvation comes only by faith in the Lord Jesus (Acts 16:31).

The truth is, without surrendering to God’s authority in Jesus, we won’t overcome life’s trials and tribulations. Jesus gave his life for you and rose again. He has all power because He is the Lord.

It’s surprising how many who claim to believe miss this point entirely. They stubbornly avoid surrendering to God’s will, choosing to pursue their desires, even as they make commitments to prayer and Bible study. As true people of faith, we must give Jesus total control by submitting to his lordship.

What Will Jesus’ Lordship Mean In Your Life?

You can’t truly be a Christian without Jesus as your Lord. Salvation hinges on recognizing Him as Lord and wholeheartedly embracing His lordship. Romans 10:10 reveals: “You will be redeemed if you will proclaim with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and will believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.”

Submitting And Obeying

No other king should exist in your life. Nobody can have two masters at once. Jesus will not rule as a monarch with a duplex as his palace. If He is to be Lord, He must be Lord of all.

Furthermore, the Lord has compassion for people who fear Him, just as a parent has compassion for his children (Psalm 103:13). Never be scared to place your complete trust in the One who loved you so much that He gave His life in exchange for you.

Before His Arrival On Earth

He received the honor in heaven. He descended from heaven to be rejected, mocked, and tortured in his own country before being nailed to a cross and dying in anguish. Angels gathered around the throne in devotion, praising Him and singing, “Holy, holy, holy.”

Increasing Faith

Making it a habit to acknowledge Christ’s lordship will strengthen your faith. A quality develops stronger in us and in others the more we assert it to them. We discuss the things we enjoy. Your love for Jesus grows when you confess.

One Is Cut Off From The World By Confession

Additionally, it keeps you away from things that are destructive and demoralizing. You notice that the things of this world are gradually slipping away from you as you confess Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You won’t need to cut ties with previous hangouts or negative friends. They won’t approach you.

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Jesus is the Lord. He is the Lord of all, making him more than the Messiah and the Savior. One day, everyone will acquiesce to this truth: “God exalted him to the topmost place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the title of Jesus, every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:9–11).

The redeemed of all eras will eventually assemble before His throne. Principalities, powers, and angels shall all submit to Him. You will stand with the rescued and exclaim, “He is Lord,” as you gaze up at the One with nail prints on His hands.

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