Jesus: Savior and Lord

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The Bible says that everyone is born with the condemnation of the first sin of Adam and Eve. Every one of us confirms this condemnation through our own sins: (Romans 3:23; Isaiah 59:2). Without a Savior, and without an intercessor, we would all be lost.

But wait! We have good news for humanity! Jesus came to this earth approximately two thousand years ago to be our Savior. Before Jesus was born as a person, and angel of the Lord told Joseph, the future father of Jesus, “You shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).

Jesus lived a life without sin and later died on the cross for our sins (Romans 5:8; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Everyone should know that Jesus died to bring us closer to God, His Father: “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring usto God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit” (1 Peter 3:18).

Jesus himself offered this promise: “He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life . . .” (John 5:24).

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

Therefore, my brethren, Jesus is our Savior.

This understanding is important to everyone that we will be saved when we recognize Jesus as our Savior and submit ourselves in total obedience.

Through history, human beings have considered themselves their own judge and Savior. However, God tells us through His Word that this is not possible.

With respect to this arrogance of humanity, the Word of God clearly states that we’ve been saved by grace (Ephesians 2:8, 9), not by any righteous works we’ve done but “according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).

Jesus is not just our Savior. He also is our Lord.

What does the word Lord mean? It indicates authority and divinity. When the Bible talks about “the Lord,” it is talking about divinity being of God.

In Old Testament times, our Lord (Adonai) was God (Deuteronomy 10:17). In New Testament times, the title “Lord” with all of its connotations was applied more often to Jesus. After the resurrection of Christ, Thomas declared, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

Referring to Jesus, Revelation 17:14 states, “These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and King of kings. . . .

What do these words indicate? First, we are obligated to serve and to obey Jesus.

Obligated? What about salvation through the grace of God by faith and not through ourselves, as said in Ephesians 2:8, 9? What about Titus 3:5: “Not by works of righteousness . . . but according to His mercy He saved us . . .”?

These versus are absolutely true! The Bible teaches, and we believe, that we are saved only by the grace of God, by faith in Jesus Christ. However, the Bible teaches, and we believe, that Jesus died to save us from the condemnation of our sins and not to allow us to continue them.

Therefore, Romans 6:1, 2 states, “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

Remember that Jesus said, ““If you love Me, keepMy commandments” (John 14:15).

When we say, “Jesus is our Lord,” we recognize an obligation to serve and obey. To all of us that do follow Jesus, it is an obligation to love. Jesus himself frequently used a strong language. In many of His teachings He emphasized that if He is our Lord, we are His slaves (Matthew 24:14-30; Luke 6:46).

As Americans living in the twenty-first century, we detest slavery. Some translators in the Bible frequently mention the word slave as “servant.” However, the original word refers to the word slavery. Synonyms of the word Lord in the parables of Christ include the words Master and Owner.

If someone is an owner, someone needs to possess something. If someone is a master or a lord, someone needs to be a slave. Therefore, the Word of God states that we are one of the two: a slave of sin or a slave of justice.

Finally, read Romans 6:16-18. As followers, we are saved from sin to serve to Christ and one another, as it states in 2 Corinthians 5:15 and Romans 14:7-9.

Therefore, confidently, with our heart, we can say that Jesus is our Lord!

 

Scripture quotations are from the New King James Version.

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