Archive for November 2018

Liberating Lord

The salvation of the Lord comes into the world rescuing us from all the false lords that enslave us. No one is ever without a lord.  Each one of us is what we are because of the lord’s we serve and the power of these lords over us.  And so, The Lord comes in person to bring about a liberating change of  lordship from the lordship of the world’s dark powers to that of the true Lord. The rescue comes in Jesus who is himself the liberating Lord. In weakness and humility he wins the battle against sin, death and Satan and we are set free.

As the New Testament writers describe Jesus this way they trust that he will continually bear witness to Himself as Liberating Lord. They don’t want others to accept who Jesus is because of the way they describe him, but only because Jesus declares himself as liberating Lord in unity with his Father. By the Spirit, Jesus has encountered them as the Liberating Lord whom the Father has now exalted and they simply point to who he is.  And so, as they proclaim Jesus to others they count on him encountering their hearers in the Spirit as Liberating Lord.

We too have come to know Jesus as our Liberating Lord who sets us free from all the powers that once enslaved us  Now we are free to serve him as Lord in newness of life.  That is true freedom!

The Lord Who is Near

The Jesus story portrays the life of a human among humans.  He lives and moves with other humans doing all the natural things humans do. Nevertheless, the story shows that he is different from all other humans. He isn’t simply portrayed as a better human. For there were moments in the story when other humans respond to him as to Yahweh, Israel’s God. Furthermore, his resurrection declares that this man who is the servant of humanity is also their Lord. As the Lord of all other humans he has full authority to condemn them or to pardon. He has full power to call them and bind them to Himself. He has full sovereignty over each person’s existence and all human history

By the Spirit, the Father draws us to his Son so that we now confess, “Jesus is Lord”. We have come to know that Jesus is head over all things and the one who rules over the totality of our existence.  Nevertheless, by the Spirit, we know that he is not Lord in the way we might naturally expect.  What distinguishes the man Jesus as Lord is that he draws near  as the one who serves. We naturally think of a Lord as one who is distant standing over others and requiring them to serve him. But this man who is our Lord and God encounters us by his Spirit as the one wants to be servant of all.  He is not distant, but nearer than we can ever say.