Is Jesus Lord of all?
The short answer is yes. The Bible says He is, so, of course He is!
But what does “Lord” even mean?
In the New Testament, almost every time we see the word “Lord”, it is from the Greek word, “Kurios”, which means “supreme in authority”. *
So, yes, as Christians we believe that Jesus is supreme in authority. (Philippians 2:9-11)
Over the whole universe.
But how do we live that and show it to the world around us? Do we live that and show it to the world around us?
Or do we reserve the right to disagree with the One we lightly refer to as Lord?
Do we tell Him to sit in the back seat while we drive ourselves wherever we want? And then do we get mad at Him when things don’t turn out so well? And do we ask Him in an accusing manner why He let that happen?
Friends, it grieves me to say this, but I think too often the world around us cannot see that Jesus is Lord because we do not live as though He is Lord.
Instead, we make ourselves the boss.
We insist on being in control.
For some of us, it drives us crazy NOT to be in control.
But in reality, perhaps the times we think we are in control, we are simply living under an illusion.
Perhaps God just sits back like a parent whose 3 year old says, “I can do it myself!” Maybe He knows that we need to fail before we can finally realize that we need His help.
And when we fall on the ground crying and run into the arms of our Heavenly Daddy with all the fight gone out of us, realizing that we can only do it with His help, that’s a good place to be. That’s the place where we can start sitting in the backseat and stop bossing Him around or ignoring Him and let Him drive us to all the places He wants us to see and experience.
And, perhaps when we truly begin living like Jesus is Lord, the world around us might get a glimpse of what that looks like and begin to believe it, as well!
“Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?'” Matthew 16:224-26 NASB