Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
It is interesting that Jesus comes to some people's minds only on Christmas Day and Easter Sunday. The relevant question is: "Who is Jesus to you personally on a daily basis?"
There are hundreds of titles of Jesus throughout the New Testament. When we talk to Jesus and talk about Him, we refer to Him by what is on our mind at the time. When we have an intimate relationship with our Savior, we can feel comfortable calling Him by terms of endearment as well as the titles and metaphors in the Bible.
No matter what we call Jesus, there are four descriptions we should always focus on.
- Jesus Christ is our resurrected Lord.
- Jesus Christ is our risen Lord.
- Jesus Christ is our reigning Lord.
- Jesus Christ is our returning redeemer.
So, what does all that mean?
We are not saved because Jesus died. We are not saved because Jesus died on a cross because that was the form of capital punishment during Jesus' day. All of that led to our salvation, but it was not the reason we are saved.
Read carefully Romans 10:9-10.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, then we are saved. Not only must we confess with our mouth, but we must also believe in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead. Yes, we must believe that Jesus died, but He did not stay dead. He did not get up on His own. We must believe God raised Him from the dead. That is the definition of "resurrection."
We should serve as our Resurrected Lord.
After God raised Jesus from the dead, He walked the face of the earth for ten days before He ascended back to His Father. That ascension made Jesus our Risen Lord. There are two scriptures in the New Testament about Jesus' ascension.
Jesus leads the eleven remaining disciples to Bethany, a village on the Mount of Olives, and instructs them to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit: "And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy." (Luke 24:50)
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. (Acts 1:9)
This shows that Jesus is our Risen Lord. After Jesus ascended, He sat at the right hand of God where He is today (Mark 16:19).
There are many scriptures where Jesus had told His disciples beforehand that He would go back to His Father.
Jesus said, “I am with you for only a short time, and then I am going to the one who sent me” (John 7:33).
Jesus made two promises found in John 14:2.
- He said He was going to prepare a place for us.
- He also promised that He would send another comforted.
As Jesus promised, the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). Since Jesus kept that promise, we can be assured that He will keep other promises as well.
We should serve a Risen Lord.
Jesus illustrated His reign in the earth by preaching, teaching, and performing miracles. He did everything He came to earth to do, but it was always because of His Father. God was reigning in and through Jesus, through his words and his works during Jesus' earthly ministry. God reigns, and so does His Son.
Jesus' reign in our lives comes only after we have accepted His resurrection and Him as the risen Lord.
We should serve a Reigning Lord.
A redeemer is someone who repays, recovers, saves, or exchanges something for something else. Jesus is our Redeemer because He bought us back from sin. He redeemed us when He paid for our sins on the cross. He paid a debt we owed but couldn't pay. He paid a debt He didn't owe. He bought us from sin by His redemptive work on the cross.
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace" (Ephesians 1: 7)
Those who have confessed the Lord Jesus and believe in His resurrection, His ascension, and His reign should also believe in His return.
Jesus is our Returning Redeemer because He promised to return.
And we know that “this same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).
We should serve Jesus as our Returning Redeemer.