Lord of Heaven and Earth

In one of his prayers Jesus says, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth…” (Luke 10: 21-22).  Jesus is always aware of his Father as Lord of all. He always acknowledges that he was sent by his Father to do his will.  He always looks at what his Father is doing so that he can move into action with his Father.   In the agonising struggle of Gethsemane he offers himself to the Father in trustful obedience, “not what I want but what you want”. Then, on the cross, he is obedient to his Father unto death.  And in the end, when all the kingdoms are subject to Jesus, he will hand them over to his Father, because in his eyes the Father alone is Lord of heaven and earth.

In his prayer, Jesus addresses his Father as “Lord of heaven and earth”, but just a few sentences later he says, “All things have been handed over to me by my Father” (Luke 10:22).  The Father is Sovereign Lord of all, but he has chosen to hand everything over to his Son.  Why?  Because he loves his Son and is well pleased with him.  In another place Jesus says, “The Father loves the Son and has placed all things in his hands…” (John 3:35). The Father does not hand over sovereign rule to his Son because of some fixed rule.  No!  He has handed everything over to the Son because he loves his Son deeply.

Right now all things are in the hands not of some remote divine power who determines all things according to some fixed decree.  Rather, the lowly servant Jesus, whom we know and trust, is Lord over all. He is so because he is the one that the Father loves.

I am glad to know that all things are in the hands of Jesus.





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