- Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff visited the US recently and tried out Google’s driverless car. Our local newspaper’s editor claimed that Brazil is a driverless car, but without the Google intelligence. So the risk of an accident is great.
- His criticism points up that human governments are variable. They can be good, average, or bad.
- Good government is that of Jesus Christ and God the Father. They are both called “Lord,” indicating their sovereignty and authority.
- In Matthew’s gospel, there are three descriptions of Jesus and the Father that enrich our understanding of his Lordship.
- Jesus received all authority from the Father, Mt 28.18, so what is said of God is also true of Christ.
1. Lord of the harvest, Mt 9.37-38
- The Lord has authority over the work of the harvest of souls. He determines the nature of the work, defines its mode of operation, and guarantees its success.
- He is concerned with people’s souls and eternal destiny and he answers prayers for just such a harvest.
- He not only tells his followers to pray for workers but sends them out into the fields to bring in the harvest, Mt 10.
- Who dares refuse the Lord’s mission?
2. Lord of heaven and earth, Mt 11.25
- Jesus uses this phrase to describe the Father in prayer. He also shares in this complete sovereignty.
- The Lord reveals his will according to his wisdom.
- He is the Lord who is worthy of praise and to whom we address our prayers.
- Who dares reject his wisdom?
3. Lord of the Sabbath, Mt 12.8
- Jesus applies the phrase to himself. He is the one who knows how to apply the commandment to life, according to his original purpose.
- His government brings rest, because he is gentle and humble, and “my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry”, Mt 11.28-30.
- Who dares to twist his word?
- Other phrases describing Jesus as Lord in other parts of the New Testament would also provide us great lessons: Lord of all, Lord of lords, Lord of glory.
- The three we examined above speak of God’s nature and his reasons and ways of exercising his sovereignty.
- What should we do about it?
- Let us fulfill his mission of going out to the world to harvest souls by proclaiming the Good News.
- Let us learn God’s wisdom, practice it daily, and praise him for it.
- Let us respect the word of God and Christ, according to its original meaning, and live by it.
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