Jesus’s ministry in Galilee was coming to a close. It was a transitional moment in His ministry, and for the first time, He spoke very clearly and in great detail about why He had come.
He also asked His disciples a powerful question that we still need to answer today: “But who do you say I am?” (Mark 8:29 NLT).
Now, this is the most important question of all. It’s a question that, ultimately, we all must answer. In fact, I’ll give you the answer now: Jesus Christ is Lord. Someday, everyone will say Jesus Christ is Lord. Every Christian will say it, every non-Christian will say it, every atheist will say it, and every agnostic will say it. Every person ultimately will say that Jesus is Lord.
Maybe you’re thinking, “You’re wrong about that. Not everyone believes.” They won’t necessarily say this during their lives on Earth, but one day when they stand before God Almighty, they will acknowledge Jesus Christ as Lord.
The Bible tells us, “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11 NKJV).
It’s one thing to say that Jesus is Lord when we’re with our Christian friends, but it’s another thing to take a stand in our culture. Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:38 NKJV).
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