Philippians 2: 5-11
“Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death-even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (NRSV).”
Every time a new person comes to celebrate their faith in Jesus Christ, using various words or phrases according to their church affiliation, they are taught to essentially say that they place their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Usually, we don’t have a problem focusing on Jesus as our Savior because we have many issues, struggles, hurts, habits, and hang-ups that we know we need saving from! But acknowledging Jesus as Lord is nothing short of relinquishing our right to be in charge of our own lives! It is nothing less than yielding our entire lives to the service of our new King!
Adam Hamilton in the book 24 Hours That Changed The World: 40 Days of Reflection (pg. 46) does a great job tying together the fact that Jesus went from the Upper Room in Jerusalem, where he celebrated the Last Supper, all of the way across the Kidron Valley and back up to the Mount of Olives to pray in the garden in order to connect his life and death to his role as the King, the Savior and Lord, that was prophesied about in Zechariah!
In America, we don’t have Kings. We get to vote people out of office if we don’t like their policies! When it comes to our relationship to God, we don’t get to vote! Jesus simply is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And what a strange King he is! He is a King whose greatest display of power is not a massive bombing campaign or reign of military terror but the greatest display of self-sacrificial, servant love for the world he created!
The only adequate response we can have to Jesus Christ as our King, is to bend our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls to his Lordship over us in gratitude for his great love. A great prayer to pray often in developing our relationship to Jesus this lent is a simple one: “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Try repeating this throughout the day today and see how God honors this prayer in your life!