Man Of Sorrows

He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. Isaiah 53: 3-4
 
In our society, the words sorrow or sorrows suggest a state of deep remorse or regret over the loss of something or someone highly loved and esteemed. For example, we might say about a couple who have lost a child: “They are still in sorrow a year after the death.”
 
If we apply this modern definition to this name of Jesus in Isaiah’s prophecy-Man of Sorrows-we sense that an alternative translation of this name might be in order. Perhaps, as the NRSV suggests, Jesus was a Man of Suffering more than a Man of Sorrows.
 
Jesus was not a person who was immersed in a state of remorse or regret over a loss that He had experienced. He was an overcomer-a victorious person-in spite of the problems He faced during His earthly ministry. Even the suffering that led to His death on the cross was swallowed up on victory when He drew His last breath and declared, “It is finished” (John 19:30). He had accomplished the purpose for which He had been sent into the World.
 
There is no doubt that Jesus’ suffering on the cross was real. So is the pain that we as Christians feel when we are ridiculed for our faith by an unbelieving world. But this should not drive us to sorrow or despair. The Man of Suffering has already “borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows” by dying on the cross in our place. He invites us to cast our cares upon Him during each day of our earthly journey.
 
Our inspiration for doing so is Jesus Himself, “who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).


Lord’s Christ

And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Luke 2:26
 
The “him” in this verse refers to Simeon, a man who came to the temple when the infant Jesus was dedicated to the Lord by Mary and Joseph. Simeon recognized the young child as the Lord’s Christ.
 
The word Lord’s in this context refers to God the Father. Christ derives from a Greek word christos, meaning “anointed”. Thus, Simeon recognized Jesus as God’s Anointed One, or the Messiah, whom the Jewish people had been expecting God the Father to send since Old Testament times.
 
Even though Jesus was just a little baby in His mother’s arms, Simeon realized the moment he saw Him that He was the Messiah.  This insight came from the Holy Spirit. So all three persons of the Godhead-God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit-were present at this event. This makes Jesus’ dedication at the temple one of the more dramatic passage on the Trinity in the entire New Testament. 


Lord Over All

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. Romans 10:12
 
The name of Jesus in this verse-Lord over All-may seem to express the same idea as Lord of Lords. But there is an important distinction between these two names.
 
Lord of Lords refers to Jesus’ supreme rule throughout the earth at His second coming. Lord over All declares that every person, whether Jew or Gentile, is on the same level in relationship to Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul declares in this verse that Jesus does not have one plan of salvation for the Jewish people and another for Greeks or non-Jews. Every person comes to salvation by accepting by faith the price Jesus paid on the cross to redeem us from our sin.
 
In New Testament times, the Jews looked upon Greeks, or Gentiles, as pagans who were excluded from God’s favor. The learned Greeks, in turn, thought of all people who were not Greek citizens as uncultured barbarians. But Paul declared that Jesus wiped out all such distinctions between people. The ground was level at the foot of the cross. Everyone stood before God as wayward sinners who had no hope except the forgiveness they could experience at the feet of the crucified Savior.
 
Paul also makes it clear in this verse that something is required of sinners who want the salvation that Jesus provides. They must “call upon” Jesus the Son. This involves repenting of their sins, confessing Him as Savior, and committing their lives to His lordship. This is the New Testament equivalent of “calling upon” God the Father, which runs like a refrain throughout the Old Testament (see Genesis 12:8; 1 Samuel 12:17; Psalm 4:3; Isaiah 55:6).


Lord Of The Sabbath

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.  Mark 2:27-28
 
This verse from Mark’s Gospel describes Jesus’ response to the Pharisees when they criticized Him for picking grain on the Sabbath to feed himself and His hungry disciples. He also claimed to be the Lord of the Sabbath when He was criticized for healing people on this sacred day (see Matthew 12:8-14; Luke 6:5-11).
 
The original law about Sabbath observance stated simply, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8). The law went on to restrict people from working on this day-Saturday, the seventh day of the week-in the Jewish religious system.
 
Over the years, the Pharisees had added all sorts of rules or traditions to this simple law about honoring the Sabbath. For example, one restriction forbade people from traveling more than about one-half mile-or a “Sabbath’s day journey” (Acts 1:12)-from their homes on this day. These silly rules had reduced the Sabbath from a spiritual principle to little more than an external observance.
 
When Jesus claimed to be the Lord of the Sabbath, He declared that He would not be bound by the human rules about Sabbath observance that the Pharisees had established. To Jesus, doing good on the Sabbath by healing people was more important than obeying ritualistic rules (see Matthew 12:12).
 
Jesus’ claim to be the Lord of the Sabbath also placed Him on the same level as God the Father. It was God who had established the Sabbath (see Genesis 2:2-3). Jesus as the agent of Creation (John 1:1-3) was the authority over the Sabbath. The Creator is always greater than anything He has created.


Lord Of The Harvest

Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38
 
These verses describes the reaction of Jesus to the crowds in the region of Galilee who came to Him for help. His reputation as a healer and teacher had spread throughout the area. He was moved with compassion when He saw their needs. He longed for more workers to help Him as the Lord of the Harvest with the spiritual harvest that pressed in from every side. 
 
Jesus had unlimited power, so why didn’t He just take care of all these needs Himself, rather than ask His disciples to pray for more workers? Perhaps it was because He knew His time on earth was limited. Even if He healed all the sick and taught all those who flocked after Him, others in the same condition would take their place after He was gone. He needed other committed workers, such as His disciples, who would carry on His work after His death, resurrection, and ascension.
 
Jesus is still in the harvesting business. His work on earth continues through His church, under the power of the Holy Spirit. He still needs workers to gather the harvest. When we get so concerned about the spiritual needs of others that we begin to pray to the Lord of the Harvest for more workers, we might just become the answer to our own prayers. 


Lord Of The Dead And Living

Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. Romans 14:8-9
 
In this verse from Paul’s letter to the believers at Rome, he refers to those who know, and have known, Christ as Lord and Savior. Jesus is the Lord of the millions of Christians who have lived in the past and who have now passed on to their reward. He is also the Lord of all believers still living who look forward to eternal life with Him in heaven after their days on earth are over.
 
Whether we are alive or dead, there is no better place to be than in the hands of our loving Lord.
 


Lord Of Peace

Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all. 2 Thessalonians 3:16
 
As the apostle Paul brought to a close his second letter to the Thessalonian Christians, he blessed them with this beautiful benediction. He wanted these Christians, who were going through disagreement and turmoil, to experience the peace that Jesus promises to those who abide in Him.
 
The dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.” This definition assumes that peace is the absence of elements such as conflict or negative feelings. But we as Christians know that peace is actually the presence of something. This presence is Jesus Christ, who brings peace and inner tranquility to those who have placed their trust in Him. With Jesus as the Lord of Peace in our lives, we can have peace even in the midst of troubling circumstances.
 
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the angels celebrated His arrival by declaring “peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). Jesus also told His disciples on one occasion, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). We don’t have to go around with troubled looks on our faces if the Lord of Peace reigns in our hearts.
 
The apostle Paul referred to Jesus as Our Peace (Ephesians 2:14). The prophet Isaiah called the coming Messiah the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).


Lord Of Lords

And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords. Revelations 19:16
 
This name emphasizes Jesus’ supreme authority in the end time, when He returns to earth in victory over all His enemies. He is also called Lord of Lords in two other places in the New Testament (see 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14).
 
As Lord of Lords, Jesus is superior in power and authority to all the rulers of the earth. Some monarchs of the ancient world were worshiped as divine by their subjects. But only Jesus, as Lord of Lords, is worthy of our worship and total commitment. 
 
Here is how the apostle Paul expresses the meaning of this name in his letter to the believers at Philippi: “God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9-11).


Lord From Heaven

The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:47
 
This verse appears in the apostle Paul’s famous passage about Jesus’ sinlessness in contacts to Adam’s sin as the first man. Here, Adam origin as a being created from the dust of the earth (see Genesis 3:19) is contrasted with Jesus’ divine origin as the Lord from heaven.
 
When Jesus completed His mission on earth as our Redeemer, He returned to His Father in heaven (see Acts 1:9-11). He is now seated in heaven at God’s right hand (see Colossians 3:1), where He intercedes on our behalf with God the Father (see Romans 8:34).
 
Just as Jesus came into the world from heaven when the time was right (see Galatians 4:4), so, too, will He return one day to bring the earth as we know it to its conclusion, in accordance with God’s plan. As Christians, we should be looking forward with watchful readiness to that glorious day (see Matthew 25:13).


Lord

And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.
Luke 9:57
 
Lord is one of the most popular names of God the Son in the New Testament, appearing hundreds of times.  These two verses show that this name, from the Greek word kurios, is used in two distinct ways in the New Testament.
 
In the first verse, from Luke’s Gospel, the “Lord” used of Jesus is a term of respect, similar to our use of mister or sir in modern society.  This “certain man” respected Jesus, but he apparently had no intention of committing his life to Him as his spiritual Lord and Master.  He did not reply when Jesus told him about the sacrifice He required of His followers (see Luke 9:58).
 
Even Jesus’ disciples sometimes called Him Lord in this polite, respectful sense. For example, Jesus once told a parable about the need for people to wait and watch expectantly for His return. Peter approached Him and asked, “Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?” (Luke 12:41).
 
As Jesus’ earthly ministry unfolded, the polite title of Lord that people used of Him was transformed into a declaration of faith in Him as the divine Son of God the Father. This is the sense in which the apostle Paul calls Jesus “Lord” in 1 Corinthians 15:58.
 
After His resurrection and ascension, Jesus became the Lord of history, the Lord of the church, and the Lord of individual Christians. When we declare that “Jesus is Lord,” we submit to His lordship and crown Him as the supreme ruler over our lives. 



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