Thought for the day #271

 

 

BOTH LORD AND CHRIST

 

 

Acts 2:36    (New American Standard Bible)

 

“Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ—this Jesus whom you crucified.”

 

Every great work must have authenticity and a permanent foundation. Jesus, the very cornerstone of the redemptive work of God had risen from the dead and ascended unto the Father fifty days earlier.

 

Peter quickly established the identity and deity of Christ at the day of Pentecost. His message was to the house of Israel, God's chosen people.

 

Jesus had come as the great Messiah. He was the deliverer and Redeemer of the house of Israel. His death and resurrection had been predicted since Adam. Now as prophesied, the Holy Spirit had certified the scriptures, demonstrating the anointing of God's power, as He had promised.

 

Peter declared Him to be both Lord and Christ. "Lord" means to have supreme power and complete control of it. "Christ" means Messiah, the Redeemer, deliverer sent from God. His name and messianic work are referenced in over 500 scriptures.

 

He came to establish the Kingdom of God on earth, to set his people free from the bondage of sin and death. He came to buy them back from the destroyer, Satan.

 

He purchased us with his blood spilled through his crucifixion. His resurrection proved his power over death, judgment and destruction. He restored us with new life, setting us free from ultimate damnation.

 

He is both Lord and Christ, the ruling Redeemer, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He has purchased us at great cost. Surely he is worthy of our loyalty and service.

 

Let us, be careful to submit to his lordship with hearts of thanksgiving and praise. He has destroyed death and established eternal life for those who believe in him.

 

Prayer:  Dear God, thank you for sending Jesus to redeem me, placing me firmly in your kingdom. I appreciate my new life so very much. Sometimes I forget that you are Lord, and I try to run my life without your guidance. Please forgive me. I want to always submit to you as Lord and acknowledge you as Messiah. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.