The Lordship of our Lord
Revelation 4:11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.”
(Every song in the Bible praises the Lord.
It is interesting to note that a song is not mentioned in the Bible, until Israel is redeemed from Egypt (Exodus 15)……for it is only the redeemed that can truly sing praises to the Lord.)
But here we are talking of the Lordship of our Lord…..for there are many which say, “Lord, Lord,” with their lips….who never have the reality of His Lordship in their hearts and lives.
Luke 17:20-21 “And when He was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or Lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”
Jesus had come preaching the kingdom of God:
Mark 1:14-15 “….Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye , and believe the gospel.”
If they would have received His Word…..and repented…and believed the good news that the kingdom was at hand…..they would have seen, by faith…that He was the King.
Yet, the Pharisees were always looking for ways to “catch something out of His mouth, that they might accuse Him” (Luke 11:54)….
…so they demand…
….(I think this is an amazing insight into their whole attitude….and the attitude of every natural man….we “demand” of God….
…..we demand to know….now, not later.
…..we demand to be shown the how of things.
…..we demand to be consulted, or included in the decisions of our Purpose.)
Yes, these Pharisees demanded….
…..and the Lord Jesus could have…with immense power….proved His kingdom….then, to them.
But instead He speaks…..letting His Word sink into their souls.
“You look for the Kingdom of God with trumpets…..Here!….or There!…..for you will only “see” with the “observing” eye of sight.
….no, I have not come with pomp and pageantry…..I have come to present Myself as King….to you”
They might have accepted a King to rule the nation…..to bring prosperity and honor to them….
….but would they accept a King to rule their lives?
Well, I am here to remind all of us….that it is the same today.
Christ Jesus is Lord……He rules and reigns supreme…..there is no where in the universe above or in the earth below…that He does not rule, and overrule.
Yet today, the kingdom of God….is shown on earth only within us….me, you, us…..when we make Christ Jesus our Lord.
He will take that small kingdom of my heart and life…..and shine brightly through it.
He will show His laws by my life…..my obedience to Him.
He will show His peace like a ever flowing river amid the troubles of this world….through His kingdom….which is me.
He will make this small kingdom a fruitful land…..with pleasant and comforting influences within me…..and through me.
And He will cause me to sit with Him,…..resting in His Victory…..even though the battle is still being fought within me…..and around me in this world.
He is King…..He is Lord….
…..are we just recognizing Him with our mouths as such….or are we bowing to Him.
Paul writes of some:
2 Timothy 3:5,7 “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
How do they deny the power thereof?
“…for He shall save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)
They are never able to come to the knowledge of that truth, that gives you deliverance….that sets you free….to serve!
The Lordship of the Lord makes claims on people’s lives….and we must….if we will make Him Lord….obey.
Perhaps you say, that does not sound like freedom….
…but it is.
Think of it…..
Any time we move further from sin…..and closer to God….
….the more free we become.
The service of sin is bondage by blindness…..to what we are heading into….and how far this dark tunnel leads.
The service of sin is bondage by tying our hands…..to “the thing” we lust after….and getting pulled by it….faster and faster till we are just being dragged by it.
The service of sin is bondage by laming us….with arrows of poison, till the limbs that might have walked away from sin….are so lame, they can’t.
But the Lord Jesus Christ first saves us from the love of sin…..this is great freedom.
The Holy Spirit moves…..and gives light for darkness….
….and then cuts the cords of lust, so that we are free to receive Christ….
….and then leads us to the Great Physician….who can remove the poison from us.
But more…..the Lord Jesus Christ gives a complete salvation…”to the uttermost”(Hebrews 7:25):
1 Timothy 2:4 “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”
For “the knowledge of the truth” is the key…..and that knowledge is of ourselves…
John 1:17 “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”
The law was beautiful….showing the way to live a life of honesty and holiness…….but no man could keep it.
When the Lord Jesus Christ came…..He kept it….perfectly…fulfilling all that God demanded….fully.
And because He did….we have been given grace….the unmerited favor of power…..
…..His power in us, to do…..as we face the truth of ourselves.
There is no sin Christ can not forgive…
….no muck and mire He can not pull us out of….
….no pit He can not save us from….
….but we must get honest with the Lord about our sin…..and receive His grace or power….to do what He says about it.
John 1:16 “And of His fullness have all we received, and grace for grace.”
For every grace we need…..He has it for us…..as our Lord and Savior….
Will we come to the “knowledge of the truth”?