Jesus is Lord
In John chapter 1 we read about a time in John the Baptist’s ministry when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was (John 1:19.) John was very clear that he was not the Messiah (Vs 20.) In John’s response, he quoted Isaiah 40:3 proclaiming himself to be–‘A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.”’As we know from the rest of the story, John was speaking about Jesus being the one he came to introduce. John eventually equates Jesus with Yahweh (or Lord) of the Old Testament. The gospels contain multiple references of people addressing Jesus as, “Lord.”This is a translation of the Greek word, kurios. Whenever God’s name, “Jehovah” or “Yahweh,” is given in the New Testament, it is rendered by the Greek word kurios or Lord.
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
While the Greek word kurios is used to translate the divine name of God, Jehovah or Yahweh, this is not always the case. The word can also mean a polite title like, “Sir.” For example, when a woman in Samaria addressed Jesus, she used the same word kurios. In this context, it is translated, as “Sir.”
“Sir [kurios],” the woman said, “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?”–John 4:11
While many did question Jesus’ Lordship early in His ministry after His crucifixion and resurrection this title become obvious to His followers. The book of Acts records in chapter 2 that on the day of Pentecost Peter spoke to a large gathering of people in Jerusalem proclaiming, “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”(Vs 36.) Both Acts 2:21 & Romans 10:13 state, ‘…“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”’
Is it time that you also recognize Jesus as Lord and call on His name?
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.