URC Daily Devotion for Easter Wednesday  by Michael Hopkins

Because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Reflection

Titles of Jesus – Lord

I grew up with the word Lord being commonly used as a means of addressing God.  One day I heard a radical Methodist minister say that he thought Lord was an inappropriate way to address God, because lords and ladies were an old fashioned thing we would be better off without, and they didn’t connect with ordinary people.  One might also observe that Lord is another male noun used to address God, of which there is no shortage.  Yet, despite all of that, Lord is a term used over 700 times in the New Testament, and came so naturally to the apostles, as it tripped off their tongues throughout the record of their Acts.  So, despite its acknowledged shortcomings, I still feel there’s a place for addressing Jesus as “Lord”.

Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner
Silence
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner
Silence
Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner
Silence
…and repeat as often as you dare…

Today’s Writer

The Revd Michael Hopkins is Minister of Farnham and Elstead URCs, Surrey, and Clerk of the General Assembly.

Bible Version

 

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