Every square inch
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
- Philippians 2:9-11
“And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord;”
- from The Apostles’ Creed
Calling Jesus “Lord” is a political statement.
In the world of the early church, all throughout the Roman Empire, everyone knew who was Lord. Caesar was Lord. It didn’t matter which Caesar. Whoever ruled in Rome claimed the title. All other contenders were pretenders … and were crushed.
And it’s in this world that Christians started claiming “Jesus is Lord.” They intentionally hijacked the cultural allegiance claims and retrofitted them around Jesus. And they did this all throughout the Roman Empire. The Empire would eventually collapse, but the kingdom of Jesus would endure forever.
All sorts of things scramble for the position of Lord in our lives. Money. Work. Family. Power. Politics. National allegiance. Church. College basketball. They clamor for attention and want us to acknowledge their importance.
But, as Kuyper pointed out “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of ... existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’”
Every place you go, every conversation you have, every person you meet … Christ is Lord over all. In the Creed, we don’t make him Lord, we merely embrace his Lordship and live in light of the reality of his rule and reign.
Today, we’re inviting you to lean into and pray into the Lordship of Christ over all things. Where do you want to see him rule and reign? Who do you long to see embrace him as Lord?