I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [that is, Christ]: ‘I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.’ That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic–on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg–or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse…. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come up with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.”–C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity
Friends, let’s consider this…
Jesus is Lord. Why then are we often slow to treat Him as such? His Lordship is not going to change. We should (and need to) worship Him for Who He is not for whom we want Him to be. Our culture promotes a god or “a Jesus” of their own making… one that fits their individual desires and perspectives. In this post-postmodern culture, emotions are put upon the throne of human hearts, and “truth” becomes merely a personal preference. Our hope is built upon the arrogant sand of self-betterment, and our rest found in the entertainment of self-affirmation. Believe me… this gal is well-acquainted with the trappings of the “old self.” My own arrogance is a testimony of why Jesus came. My need for the Gospel…Christ and Him crucified, is a daily reality (1 Corinthians 2:2).
“The heart of genuine worship is the working out in every aspect of our lives theDA Carson
confession ‘Jesus is Lord.’”
We are also in an age that twists God’s Words into a false gospel that tickles ears and harms souls (omitting sin and our need for the cross). Friends, the Bible on it’s own doesn’t save us, but it boldly points to the only one who can. We need Him desperately…so why would we look to any other source about Him?
But no matter what…
Jesus is God. He has always been God. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Him. (John 14:6) Therefore, let’s follow Him. He does not change to fit someone’s interpretation, so let’s rely upon His Word. Worship Him despite what your emotions say. Worship Him in the midst of a darkened season. Gals, worship Him because He is Worthy.
Jesus is Lord according to Scripture
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”
Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
John 10:33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” (Leviticus 24)
John 1:51 And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”
1 Corinthians 8:6 “yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.”
Matthew 9:6 But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—“Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”
Daniel 7:13-14 saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
Matthew 12:32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Luke 12:8 And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God,
Matthew 13:37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.”
Matthew 8:2 And behold, a leper came to him and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”
Matthew 8:25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
Matthew 15:25 But she came and knelt before him, saying, “Lord, help me.”
John 20:28 Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
Acts 2:36 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 10:36 As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all),
Romans 10:9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Luke 6:5 And He said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”
Jude 1:4 For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Revelation 17:14 They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.”
Luke 19:31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ you shall say this: ‘The Lord has need of it.’”
John 13:13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am.
Psalm 34:8 “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!” 👈🏼 1 Peter 2:3 “if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
Isaiah 8:13 But the Lord of hosts, Him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let Him be your dread.
1 Peter 3:15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?
1 Corinthians 12:3 Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
Acts 16:31 And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Titus 2:13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
1 John 2:2 He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.
2 Corinthians 5:21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Peter 1:1 Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ,…To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:
Revelation 19:10 Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Who is Jesus?
Dr. James White, author of The Forgotten Trinity, defines the Trinity in this way: “Within the one Being that is God, there exists eternally three coequal and coeternal persons, namely, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”