When I was a young Christian back in the early 1960’s I remember sitting under ministers who would include references to “our Lord” when speaking of Jesus Christ. I felt uneasy with this form of address for it did seemed to hold my Saviour at a distance and lacked the intimacy of the relationship with Jesus that I had entered into on becoming a Christian.

However, time passes and I don’t know how many times I would have read through the New Testament or engaged in reflective thought regarding the second person of the Trinity over the past 50 years or so, but I know I’m convinced that the almost exclusive way nowadays of Christians, including preachers referring to God’s Son simply as “Jesus” fails to reflect the Biblical testimony of how he is to be known.

My point is simply this. For his followers, Jesus is both Saviour and Lord. He commands our allegiance. He calls us to deny ourselves and take up our cross and follow Him. Overwhelmingly in the pages of the New Testament He is referred to as “Jesus our Lord”, “the Lord Jesus”, “the Lord Jesus Christ”, Jesus Christ our Lord”, “Jesus Christ”, “Christ Jesus”, “Christ” and the like.

To refer to God’s Son as “the Lord Jesus” certainly doesn’t negate the intimacy of the relationship that the believer is drawn into as a member of God’s family. However the constant use of “Jesus” as the sole way of naming God’s Son does mitigate against the Biblical understanding that Jesus Christ is the mighty creator God, judge of the living and the dead, one day to return in power and glory for purposes of judgment, separation and the establishment of the new heaven and the new earth.

Where the New Testament does restrict itself to “Jesus” it is in the context of his humanity being to the fore – principally the Gospels and parts of Acts and Hebrews. So, being Biblical, when we refer to Jesus in His life 2000 years ago in a tiny little country in the region now known as the Middle East, we too talk about Jesus and His exploits and mission.

But in relationship to us and our interests He is always Lord and Saviour, so let us acknowledge this truth by the words with which we address him and talk about Him!

There is a deeper issue at stake and that is the importance of maintaining our confessional stance in acknowledging the two fold nature of Christ as both God and man, and further that God is three persons in the one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In other words our language used to signify the second¬† person of the Trinity needs to reflect His twofold nature. To focus exclusively on denoting the Son of God as ‘Jesus’ is tantamount to failure to acknowledge His divinity and therefore to fail to properly describe the nature of our relationship to Him.

So, what do you think?

 

 

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