March 18, 2009 - Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent

Daily Lectionary: Genesis 37:1-36; St. Mark 10:1-12

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten from the Father from all eternity, and true Man, born of the Virgin Mary is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned person...” (Second Article, Apostle’s Creed)

In the name of Jesus. Amen. “So, Jesus is your Savior, but is He the Lord of your life?” Ever been asked that?

“Jesus is my Lord.” Tell them that! You have my permission to chase them away with your Bible and catechism! If you don’t whack them with your catechism, at the very least give up ever letting your heart be troubled by the question again for Lent.

“Jesus is my Lord” is about Jesus being your Lord and Savior. It’s not about you making Him something He’s not already. He doesn’t need you to make Him Lord. He’s quite good at being Lord without you thinking you’re somehow making Him Lord.

“Jesus is my Lord” doesn’t mean that Jesus is your master. It doesn’t mean that He is your Boss. If that’s what you think it means, then you and the person asking if He’s your Lord are both gravely mistaken.

“Jesus is my Lord” is a confession that Jesus is the God of the Old Testament, Yahweh (or Jehovah, in Latin). The God of the Old Testament, who created you, who brought His people out of Egypt is the same God who redeemed you from your sins, death, and the devil by dying on the Cross for all the times you’ve tried to make yourself Lord.

“Jesus is my Lord” means that Jesus was born of the Virgin and took on your flesh. He’s truly Man. He became like you so that you would be holy and righteous like Him.

“Jesus is my Lord” means that Jesus is the only-begotten of the Father. He’s true God--fully God. That is what it takes to save you! It takes God Himself to redeem you.

“Jesus is my Lord” means that Jesus saved you not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious Blood and His innocent suffering and death. After three days, the same Jesus who died for you rose again from the dead, conquering your death.

“Jesus is my Lord” means that the risen Lord Jesus has made His life yours in the waters of your Baptism. He has fed you His life-giving Word. He has given you to eat salvation in His Body and Blood for the remission of all your sins.

“Jesus is my Lord” and “Jesus is my Savior.” They mean the same thing! Confess it. Believe it. He is both for you. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.