Jesus is Lord!
I hope you have been able to begin our Acts Challenge (reading a chapter of the book of Acts a day). If not, I would encourage you to begin and maybe sit down today and read chapters 1 and 2. Dr. Brad Waggoner states in his book The Shape of Faith to Come, “A major part of the spiritual formation process is to be a diligent student of the Word of God and to have a hungry, teachable spirit. To be a disciple means being a learner. Being a learner involves both attitude and behavior.”
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know with certainty that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah–Acts 2:36.”
When I read this verse a couple things usually come to my mind. First, do we make Jesus lord? Now I usually understand what is being communicated when I hear that type of language, but I am not sure all do. This verse says God made Jesus Lord. I believe when people ask others to make Jesus Lord, they are actually asking them to submit or surrender their lives to Jesus because Jesus is Lord. Peter here is preaching and declaring that the Jesus they crucified is Lord. When the hearers of Peter begin to understand from their hearts that Jesus is Lord, it causes them to ask, “Brothers, what must we do?” Peter responds by telling them to repent and be baptized.
The other thing that comes to my mind is the idea that one can receive Jesus as Savior (Messiah) at one point in their life and then later make him Lord. The idea that it is a possible two-step process, which I believe this verse refutes. These were some thoughts from today’s reading, here is a quote from John MacArthur on this second point.
“Jesus is Lord (1 Cor. 12:3). That is the single, central, foundational, and distinguishing article of Christianity. It is also the first essential confession of faith every true Christian must make: “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Rom. 10:9). The belief that someone could be a true Christian while that person’s whole lifestyle, value system, speech, and attitude are marked by a stubborn refusal to surrender to Christ as Lord is a notion that shouldn’t even need to be refuted . . . You cannot remove the lordship of Christ from the gospel message without undermining faith at its core.”