“And He continued by questioning them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered and said, ‘You are the Christ.'” (Mark 8:29)
The most important question that Jesus will ever ask you is “Who do you say that I am?” And my hope and prayer is that you’ll answer, “You are my LORD. You are my only hope. You are my Savior. You are God Himself come to rescue and restore me.” The confession “Jesus is LORD” is the most fundamental confession of the Christian faith… nothing is as simple and nothing is as important. How does the confession “Jesus is LORD” change everything?
Jesus is LORD of…
Creation. If Jesus is the LORD of creation, then He’s all-powerful. He has the power to do whatever He wants and needs to do in and through your life, and even your crises.
Incarnation. If Jesus is the LORD of the incarnation… God Himself who came down to this sin-infested, broken world full of broken people, it means that He is near. He is in the thick of it with you. He’ll never leave or forsake you.
Crucifixion. If Jesus is the LORD of the crucifixion, it means He died for you to take away your sin. You are no longer condemned because of your sin and rebellion against God. Jesus died the death you should have died, paid the penalty you should have paid, and offers you the life you were created to live in and through Him. You are forgiven and set free.
Resurrection. If Jesus is the LORD of the resurrection, just as He was given life from death, so are you. Jesus can make all things new in your life and in your world. He can heal and bring life back to those broken, dark places in your life.
Ascension. If Jesus is the LORD of the ascension, in heaven on the very throne of the universe, it means that nothing escapes His purview and vision. Nothing goes unnoticed. He knows every heart ache you have, every struggle with faith, every tear that falls. And it means that He stands ready to intercede and pray for you, to give you the faith to believe that He really is who He says He really is.
Where do you need to experience Jesus’ lordship in your life right now? Do you need to see the all-powerful Lord of creation move in your life? Do you need to know that the Incarnate Lord is near you bearing your burdens? Do you need to trust and believe that the Lord who was crucified for you really has forgiven you and set you free? Do you need to experience the Lord’s resurrection power that makes all things new in your life? Do you need to see Jesus as the Lord of heaven, ruling and reigning over the universe? Respond to Him today and confess that Jesus is LORD.