Lord over nothing at all

The Bible makes it clear that Jesus is Lord over all.

In the book of John, the apostle makes use of seven signs (2:1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-9; 6:1-14; 6:16-21; 9:1-12; 11:1-46), which demonstrate Jesus’ power over quality, distance, time, quantity, natural law, misfortune, and death. /1

The gospel according to Luke presents Jesus as Lord over and again. The fisherman Peter was presented with the magnitude of Jesus’ sovereignty when the current anglers, at the Lord’s direction, caught more fish than their boats could hold. Peter, convinced of Jesus’ preeminence, fell to his feet and pleaded with the Master to depart from him (Luke 5:1-11).

Later the beloved physician recounted a trip Jesus took across the Sea of Galilee. Leaving from Capernaum, the seafaring disciples encountered a devastating storm. Terrified for their lives, they approached the sleeping Savior.

“Master, Master, we are perishing!” (Luke 8:24). “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” (Matthew 8:25). “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38).

With a rebuke, “Peace! Be Still!” (Mark 4:39), Jesus calmed the storm.

As the soaked disciples approached dry land, Jesus was approached by an untamable demoniac, “Legion.” These demons which could not be controlled, could only beg the Lord for permission to enter a herd of swine. When the people of the region heard what happened and saw the change in this renewed man they asked the Lord to leave (Luke 8:26-39).

When Jesus returned he healed a diseased woman and raised a dead child. The stricken woman had lived for twelve years as an outcast (see Leviticus 15:25 ff.). What doctors could not treat, Jesus immediately cured when she touched the fringe of his garment (Luke 8:43).

As Jesus interacted with her, word came to Jairus that his daughter was dead. When Jesus came to the house he was ridiculed by false comforters (Luke 8:53). But with a loving command, the girl’s spirit returned to her body, and she rose to eat (Luke 8:54, 55).

Jesus is Lord over the deep, demons, disease, and death. He can tame the untamable, cure the incurable, and heal the hopeless. If he can speak peace to the storm over Galilee, he can speak peace to your life. If he can return a departed spirit, he can revive you spiritually. He is Lord over all.

But you have a choice, dear friend. Having heard what Jesus has done, you can be like the crowd on the other side of Galilee, you can ask the Lord to depart. Or you can be like the healed man and implore Jesus to guide you.

It must be all or nothing. Truly when it comes to your life, Jesus must be Lord over all, or he is Lord over nothing at all.

1/ Merril C. Tenney, John: The Gospel of Belief (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1976), 30,31.

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