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Jesus Is Lord?

“God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”
- Acts 2:36

Three lines are running through my brain this morning.

The first is from “Away in a Manger” – “the little Lord Jesus, asleep in the hay” – and reminds me that, even from their youngest years, Christians teach their children to know that Jesus is Lord.

The second is from a praise chorus, not particularly au courant, but probably still sung in certain quarters: “He is Lord, He is Lord, He is risen from the dead and He is Lord…” and so forth.

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The Words of This Life

“Go stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this Life.”
- Acts 5:20

The Apostles were looking like anything but men who were free in Christ to live and proclaim “the words of this Life.” After all, they were in jail. Their “religious freedom” had been abruptly cancelled, or, at least, so the religious leaders of Jerusalem supposed.

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The Greatest of These

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three: but the greatest of these is love.
-        1 Corinthians 13:13

 

For love

Let’s review what we know about the divine reasoning behind the cross and resurrection of Jesus.

First, it was for love of the world that God sent His Son to us.

It was in love that he determined to save a people for Himself through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus (Eph. 1:3-14).

Out of love for His disciples Jesus bore with them for three years of companionship and training.

In order to show His love for them He washed their feet.

To prove His love He died for them and for us.

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“Let”?

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified. Acts 2:26

Nails on a chalkboard
“Let Jesus be the Lord of your life.”

That invitation rakes across my brain like fingernails down a chalk board. It should grate on every one of us, and we should make our distaste and displeasure known.

“Let Jesus be the Lord of your life”? Really? I have the ability to “let” Jesus be King? Do you mean “let” as in a botched tennis serve, such that somehow my failure or unwillingness to “receive” Him as King is obstructing the course of His work and plans?

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Not My King

For God is the king of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! - Psalm 47:7

Do you remember that hilarious scene from Monty "Python and the Holy Grail" in which a commoner, exhorted to kneel before King Arthur, refuses indignantly by saying, “‘E’s not my king. I didn’t vote for ‘im.”?

Some of this attitude is afoot in the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. We hear people say, “Let Jesus be Lord of your life.” Let Jesus be Lord? Isn’t that a bit like saying, let the sky be over your head? There are Christians who profess to have received Jesus as their Savior, but they do not acknowledge Him as Lord and King. They know He bears that title, but they haven’t voted for ‘im yet, and so His rule doesn’t apply to them any further than they want.

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The Making and Re-making of Man

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
-        Genesis 1:27

Science fraud
During the past couple of years the world of scientific publishing has been rocked by something of an in-house scandal. Certain researchers, it seems, were publishing articles under their own names supported by research they either had either never conducted or “borrowed” from someone else. Not even the best peer-reviewed journals were able to catch these instances of fraud before they went to press. It took the watchful eye of careful readers to spot these bogus offerings, which were intended not to add to the knowledge base of science, but to pad the résumés of rogue researchers.

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