Recently, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the Lordship of Jesus and the difference it makes in our lives.
When Jesus appeared to Thomas after his resurrection, he invited him to touch one of his wounds so that Thomas could confirm what he was seeing. In response he cried out: “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).
These days, many people are happy to call Jesus a teacher or even a prophet. But Christians affirm that Jesus is also Lord. As a man he can relate to our human experiences, but as Lord he is also in a unique position to offer forgiveness, peace, redemption… and victory.
I say this because we are engaged in a spiritual battle (whether we want to admit it or not). In Ephesians 6:12 Paul says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil…”
So it’s important to know that Satan’s influence contracts where Christ’s authority expands. When we acknowledge his Lordship in our lives, we are vaccinating ourselves against the deceptions and lies which Satan uses to try and lure us away from the winning side.
Not all battlegrounds are littered with bombshells and bullet holes. In the spiritual realm, they are littered with lies, deceptions and whispers that Jesus was wrong.
Satan’s influence contracts where Christ’s authority expands.
Jesus is Lord. Then. Now. And forever.
Do you want to know the words that make Satan recoil and shudder? “Jesus is Lord.”
Stand firm in him.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.