Jesus Christ Is Lord!

Jon Brown

READ : Philippians 2:5-11

Every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord . . . (v. 11)

Embedded in our Apostles’ Creed is one of the earliest of all Christian creeds. When the framers of our creed wrote, “I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,” they were borrowing from the first Christians, who said regularly and repeatedly, “Jesus Christ is Lord!” (See 1 Corinthians 12:3.) To those of us who have grown up with the creed and have been raised in the faith the danger of such a confession may not immediately stand out. But when the earliest Christians dared to say it their very lives were at stake. They lived in a world that insisted “Caesar is Lord.” But the Christian faith declares “Jesus Christ is Lord,” to the exclusion of all other claims of lordship. According to early Christian tradition this confession cost the Apostle Paul his life, and Peter and most of the Twelve, and Timothy too, and Polycarp, and so many others right down to the present day.

I do not know what consequences may result from your saying “Jesus Christ is Lord,” but be assured that this is a dangerous confession to make. Its implications will cost you your life; if not literal martyrdom, then a lifetime of service and submission to our Lord.

PRAYER

Father, keep us faithful to our creed, Jesus Christ is Lord!