Summary: The simple fact is that Jesus is the Lord of all creation and He will one day take His rightful place as the King of Kings. We are either with Him or we are against Him.
Jesus is Lord
When Queen Victoria had just ascended her throne she went, as is the custom of Royalty, to hear The Messiah rendered. She had been instructed as to her conduct by those who knew, and was told that she must not rise when the others stood at the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus. When that magnificent chorus was being sung and the singers were shouting "Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth," she sat with great difficulty. It seemed as if she would rise in spite of the custom of kings and queens, but finally when they came to that part of the chorus where with a shout they proclaim Him King of kings suddenly the young queen rose and stood with bowed head, as if she would take her own crown from off her head and cast it at His feet.
-- J. Wilbur Chapman
Jesus Christ is not valued at all until He is valued above all. - Augustine
I. The Lord who saves – (Romans 10:9-10)
9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Jesus is the Lord of life
Jesus went through the a mockery of a trial, the mocking of the pagan Roman soldiers, the public display of His execution, the public rejection of those Jesus sought to serve and the ridicule of religious leaders.
Jesus was sent to be flogged, which was a series of severe beatings, the sport beating of a squad of Roman soldiers, forced to wear a crown of thorns and carry His own cross to the place of execution
Jesus was nailed to the cross, the cross was then dropped into the ground, He hung there for three hours and then had a spear ran through His side to be sure that He was dead
Jesus died in your place
Why would Jesus suffer such a miserable death? He died in your place and took the punishment that you rightfully deserved. Jesus died to demonstrate the boundless love of God. Jesus would rather died than be without you.
Jesus was raised from the dead
We are called to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead and that He was given endless life from God the Father. Christ has given us a living hope by dying the death that we earned and showing us life through an empty tomb
The meaning of Lord
Jews would have seen the term Lord as referring only to God. If a Jew believed in Jesus and claimed Him as Lord, they were saying that Jesus was God
Gentiles would have seen the term Lord in a different way. Lord was applied to the emperor and was the source of total allegiance and loyalty. If a gentile believed in Jesus and claimed Him as lord, they were proclaiming their commitment and allegiance.
The implications of Jesus being Lord
Jesus is God. Jesus is fully divine and fully human. He is the bridge that spans the gap between God and humanity. Jesus deserves our full commitment. Jesus is the one who deserves our complete and total loyalty.
What you must do to be saved
You must confess that Jesus is Lord. To confess means to make a public declaration of give evidence of belief The confession is more than just a mere knowledge of the mind but is a moving to a belief of the heart
The simple fact is that the resurrection is the cornerstone of salvation and without it there is no reason for faith. We are called to believe that Jesus was raised from the dead. It is His resurrection that gives us new life.
Belief is the inward sign of the grace of Christ working in your life. Justification is a legal term that communicates that a person has been made right with the accuser. Literally Christ gave Himself so we could be right with God
Confession is the outward sign of the inward grace of Christ working in your life. Literally it is the admission that you need Christ. Salvation is the act of being delivered from some type of difficult circumstance. Jesus has delivered those who believe in Him from the results and power of sin.
II. The Lord who is sovereign – (Philippians 2:9-11)
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.