“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” Acts 2:36
All over the world, the one thing that people like is their freedom to make their own choices and to run their lives as they desire. At the same time they are looking for someone or some way to protect them from or get them out of the struggles of this world.
In desiring these things there are many different religions or beliefs to guide people. People often wonder which one, or ones, is correct.
After waiting for a time in Jerusalem, the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit and the people were amazed. Peter stands up and tells the people that the one they crucified, Jesus, is now made both Lord and Messiah.
Questions often arise as to who Jesus was or is. Many throughout the world see Him as a good teacher and a good person, but nothing more. They do not see a reason to see Jesus as anything more than these things.
One thing that every person has coming to them is death, due to sin. In order to overcome this sentence of death, is to have a Messiah, or someone who can save them from that judgment of death. Jesus paid the price to overcome that judgment.
Once a person believes in Jesus, he must also allow Jesus to be Lord over him. This means that Jesus is the absolute ruler, controller of his life, in every area of one’s life.
Many have accepted Jesus as Messiah of their life, but have not chosen to allow Him to be Lord over their life. They love their freedom of choice.
The true believer will make Jesus both Messiah and Lord over his life.
You, like everyone else, has sinned against God and are receiving a death penalty upon your life. To get rid of that death penalty, you must allow Jesus to be your Messiah, Savior. Only He can remove that penalty.
Once you believe in Jesus as your Messiah, you must also allow Him to be your Lord. This is being the One who is in absolute, monarchial, dictatorial control over your life, in every area of your life.
Jesus has paid the price and earned both those positions over your life. It is your choice to accept or reject Him.
Will you allow Jesus to be your Lord and Messiah today?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will allow Jesus to be your Lord; that you will do only what God tells you to do; and that you will be a witness for who Jesus is to this world.
Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46
Obedience is something that most people want others to have, but not necessarily do themselves.
It is very common to see people in a workplace that do not do what the boss tells them to do. Sometimes they are just cutting a few corners, while other times it is blatant disregard for the directions and doing nothing at all.
In the home, it is often expected for children to obey their parents. The child that does not obey, is often punished.
After speaking for a while, Jesus asked the people a question. He asked why they call Him, ‘Lord’, but don’t do what He said to do.
Very few people like to have someone over them as complete master or ruler. People like to have their freedom to chose to do what they want to do.
Sadly this type of feeling is often found inside the church. Many believers claim to believe in Jesus and call Him, ‘Lord.’ Yet, they do not obey God’s commands. They continue to purposefully live in some type of sinful lifestyle, with no thought as to changing. They hear the words of God, but ignore them.
Jesus later says that the person who lives like that will have his life crumble and be destroyed. For a person to call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ is to make Jesus is complete, controlling, Master. Every believer is to be like a slave towards Jesus, obeying His every command, no matter how difficult or crazy it may seem. God is the boss.
One has to think about how much God loves him to send His only Son to die on a cross to save him, to realize how much God loves. When this is realized, obeying Him will be much easier, because one knows that every command is given out of perfect love.
As a believer, you claim that Jesus is ‘Lord’. You must be willing to ask yourself if He really is ‘Lord’ of your life. Ask yourself if you obey God’s every command, or do you ignore some that are not convenient.
Do not allow yourself to choose to not obey God’s every command towards you. Make Him, ‘Lord’, of your life. Allow God complete control over your every thought, action and word. This makes Him ‘Lord’ over your life and then you will truly believe in Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make Jesus ‘Lord’ over your life; that you will obey every command of God; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will allow God to be Master of your life.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” Luke 6:46
Every person has someone who is an authority over them. Most often the authority is the boss or employer for whom they work. It is expected that each worker will obey the boss and do what is asked of them. If one does not do what the boss says, he will be reprimanded or fired.
Although the most common authority is a boss, there are also other authorities that are required to be obeyed. Police, guards, parents and others also are authorities to be obeyed.
Jesus asked the people why they call Him, ‘Lord,’ but do not obey Him.
The term ‘Lord’ is another term for master or ruler, authority. Very few people like to use the term ‘Lord’ in today’s society. It brings the implication of slavery or ownership and no one likes to be considered a slave or being owned by another person.
However, Jesus does own the believer, because He bought the believer with His own blood. He paid the price with His blood so that the person may have life. With this price being paid, Jesus has full authority over one’s life. He is the Master, the Head Boss.
Many will call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ but will not obey Him as Lord. They act as if His commands are suggestions or that they have the freedom to choose what they will obey or not obey.
Acting like this is a double standard and Jesus is not truly Lord in their life. They are not being wise, but foolish, saying one thing, but doing another. Those who do not obey Jesus will be cast out in the end. They will be rejected by God when they stand before Him.
Obedience is a requirement to follow Jesus.
As you believe in and call Jesus your Lord, you must be willing to obey Him. At a minimum Jesus tells you to love God with everything in you, love others, including your enemies, to be His witness and to make disciples.
These are just the beginning of following Jesus. As you do these things, God will guide you in how to do these things. This is where complete obedience comes in. It reveals if Jesus is really Lord in your life or not.
Ask yourself if you have really made Jesus ‘Lord’ of your life or not.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that Jesus will be LORD over your life; that you will hear and know God’s every command to you; and that you will obey God’s every command to you.
Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.” Mark 3:11
History books are filled with hundreds of thousands of names of people that had existed at some point in time. Their stories are written about. Some are very detailed, while others are just the name mentioned once.
Most people are willing to accept that those people were real and what was said about them. The majority, though, have a different opinion about Jesus and what the Bible says about Him.
As Jesus went along, there were times people came to Him that were possessed by evil spirits. When these evil spirits saw Jesus they would fall down. They knew who Jesus really was.
Nearly all of the world will acknowledge that Jesus did exist. The majority will also agree that He was a good teacher and a good person. But very few realize who He really is. Their vision of Him is just a teacher and a good man, and nothing more than that.
All of Scripture testifies that Jesus was God’s Son. He is God in the flesh. What does this mean to a person? It means that Jesus IS the creator of all things. It means that He HAS full, absolute authority. It means He IS the only way to God. It means He IS truth. It means He IS the Savior.
When a person realizes who Jesus really is, he will be like the evil spirits that fell before Him and will fall down before Him. Those who realize this will submit to His authority and not demand their own way. They will humble themselves before Jesus, knowing how unworthy and sinful they are. And they will claim He is LORD–The Master, The Savior, not just a good teacher or a good person.
When you hear about Jesus who do you see Him as?
Do not be like the majority of the world and see Him as just a good teacher. Realize that He is God’s Son, the one and only Savior. He is the only way to God. He is truth.
Allow Jesus to be all these things and more to you in your life. Jesus can and will give you an abundant and eternal life if you will make Him LORD-MASTER of your life and not just a good, moral teacher.
Today I pray that God will open your eyes to see who Jesus really is; that you will humble yourself before Jesus; that Jesus will be Lord of your life; and that you will live your life for God.