Jesus is Lord

The conclusion of the Gospel message is the confession of the early church, "Jesus is Lord."  Thus, the Gospel of the Kingdom addresses the questions of who and how that Jesus is Lord.  This includes the word of the prophets who foretold the coming of this good news that would be fulfilled in the Messiah.  Who the Messiah is and what the Messiah has done is in this gospel.  To not give a complete picture of who the Messiah is and all that he has done presents a truncated gospel.

So, Jesus' identity must include his human kingly inheritance as the son of David (Messiah) as well as his divinity that qualifies him as Lord.  Thus, his conception was miraculous, human and divine, The Holy Spirit and The Virgin Mary.  Jesus' work must include his ministry in his lifetime (showing the initial messianic identity), his suffering, his death, his descent into hell, his resurrection, his ascent into heaven and his enthronement to the right hand of the Father.  His work since then includes the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and his intercession for the saints.

There's much to unpack in the gospel message.  We get Peter's proclamation on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 and Paul's proclamation to those in Pisidian Antioch in Acts 13.  We must note the context of both times and locations by which they related the gospel message.  We too must know our audience to whom we speak.  However, the conclusion that Jesus is Lord and all its implications does not change.  Jesus' identity and how he became Lord does not change.  We do not want to risk preaching a "truncated" gospel as Ern Baxter use to call it.  Preach the cross, yes, but not only the cross.  Preach the resurrection, but not only the resurrection.  Preach the ascension, but not only the ascension.  Preach Jesus is Lord, how he became Lord and the implications of him now being Lord.

Jim Bradshaw


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