December 18: Lord, The Christ of Christmas

Read Luke 6:43-49

“. . . at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father”  (Philippians 2:10, 11).

Lord is an interesting title. Dictionary.com tells me a lord is “a person who has authority, control or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.” With regard to everyday talk on the street, the term lord is an antiquated, infrequently used term. It may remind us of movies representing life in England from centuries gone by. It is a title that is not often used in our culture today . . . except in church circles. And yet, interestingly enough, it is a title that Paul tells us everyone will one day use in reference to Jesus. In the future, every person will recognize that He is the one in control.

In the present day, however, those of us who use the term Lord in reference to Jesus must use it cautiously. Jesus gives us as least two warnings about the use of the term that we must heed!

First of all, we must recognize that not everyone who says “Lord” is bound for heaven. (See Matt. 7:21-23.) The fact is that there may be people serving in the name of the Lord who will be rejected by Christ. You see, even though their ministry may seem to be fruitful, they never truly knew Him and were never truly known by Him. The use of the right Christian verbage and service for Christ do not assure us of eternal life. Salvation is only by God’s grace as we place personal faith in the finished work of Jesus. (See Eph. 2:8, 9.)

Secondly, we must understand that all who say “Lord” are bound (as in obligated) to obey. (See Lk. 6:46-49.) Christ’s point in verse 46 was that it is inconsistent to call him “Lord” and refuse to do what He commands. By calling Him “Lord,” we acknowledge our submission to His authority. That submission is not just in principle. It is submission in practice.

Those realities give us a sobering perspective this Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord, the Christ of Christmas in this season.

sbk

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