From the Pastor's Desk

Jesus: Lord

Often when we hear the word, Lord, we are transported, at least in our imaginations, to Medieval times; kings, servants and the like. We often relegate the term to a period of history which has nothing to do with us. Not so with the Bible.

The New Testament was written in a time where kings, lords, and servants were part of the natural landscape, and although we don’t use those words anymore, the reality they point to is just as real now as it was then.

Lord means master. In that culture where slavery was the rule of the day, the term implied the absolute power the master had over the slave he had purchased. So, when Caesar was called Lord, the implication was clear; he was in charge.

However, in a Jewish context, the word took on a different meaning. Lord invoked images of God or the coming Messiah. When you read the Old Testament and see LORD (spelled with small capital letters) it is always the translation of YHWH (Yahweh), the personal name for God, I AM THAT I AM. So, when the New Testament refers to Jesus as Lord, there is no mistake; Jesus’ deity is being referenced.

What does it mean to call Jesus, Lord? At the very least it says we owe Jesus the primary allegiance of our lives. It means we owe him obedience, faithfulness, and submission. But the difference between this and slavery is, we give these things to him voluntarily. Jesus is Lord and because of his mercy, grace, and offer of salvation we call him, not just Lord, but our Lord.

But calling Jesus Lord means one other thing, hope. Because he is Lord he is also the lord of history; he is bringing all of history to a definite and decisive end. The book of Revelation reminds us that though evil, pain, and heartache abound Jesus will bring it all to an end. Jesus, as Lord will put an end to all evil and vindicate his faithful ones. For that reason, we have hope.

Grace and Peace,

Pastor Alan