Summary: Jesus is the Lord of the church because He created the chruch; He saved the church and He will judge the church.
“Jesus, the Lord of the Church"
Why anniversary? It is because we want to remind ourselves of why we started and exist as the church. Why we started and exist church? The answer lies in what Jesus has to say because Jesus is the Lord of the church. We may call us as our church, but in reality this church belongs to Jesus. Jesus said, “I will build my church’, He was saying church is His.
As we celebrate the anniversary, the primary factor should be to recognize, declare and confess that Jesus is the Lord of the church. And I would like to share three aspects in terms of why Jesus is the Lord of this church.
First, Jesus is the Lord of the church because He is the creator of the church.
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”
Bible tells us that all things were created through Him and for Him. You and I and all the people and all visible and invisible were created through Him and for Him.
Unfortunately not every people recognize Him as the Creator; but the church is body of the believers who accept Jesus as the Creator. Whoever created something would know best its purpose and usage. Whoever created computer or smartphone or any other things for that matter would know best its purpose and usage. Likewise, Jesus as creator of the human being knows best why and how man exists.and why and how Church exists. According to the scriptures the church exists for Jesus and lives for Jesus.
Whatever you do - as you study as student; as you work and do business; as you care and maintain as housewife - you do for Jesus.
We confess Jesus as our Lord because we acknowledge we exist for Jesus and we live to please Him. It is a confession to follow His will. Let’s always remember that Jesus is the Creator and the Lord of our individual life and the church.
Secondly, Jesus is the Lord of the church because He is the savior of the church. The bible tells “He is the Savior of his body, the church.” Ephesus 5:23
When God created the human being, they disobeyed God and chose to follow their own way like sheep. They turned away from God and chose to live independently from God. As a result, they were separated from God.
But, God didn’t give up. He sent His own Soon in human flesh so that He would die for our sins on the cross. THis is Jesus. Jesus is not only the Creator but also the Savior who died for our sins on the Cross and resurrected.
The Bible calls His death on the cross as the Good News, the gospel. Why is it the Good news?
While we were sinners, while we were enemies, while we were still helpless, Christ died for us ungodly, thus demonstrates the love of God. Yes, the Bible calls His death the good news because it shows how much God loves us.
It is the Good news because it not only shows how much God loves us but also how precious and how valuable we are. We were redeemed at the cost of His own Son. God paid His Son to redeem us because we are so precious and valuable. Therefore, the Bible says "You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of men."
So Paul confessed: The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Jesus created us, but also saved us. That’s why we as church confess Jesus as our Creator and the Savior.
Finally, Jesus is the Lord of the church because He is the judge. Bible tells us “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.” 2 Corinthians 5:9,10
Jesus is the creator and the savior of the church. but also Jesus is the judge.
Some consider salvation and forgiveness of sin as license to live whatever he or she wants. But the Bible says, “He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good” Titus 2:14
The bible tells us Jesus died to forgive our sins, but the bible tells us one more reason: to make us His very own people, totally committed to doing good