LORD AND CHRIST

Scripture Reading:  Acts 2:33-36

“Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”  (Acts 2:36)

As Peter drew to the conclusion of his sermon on the Day of Pentecost, He pointed to the exaltation of Jesus Christ:  “Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God” (v. 33a).  Peter began the sermon with the humiliation of Christ:  “This Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (v. 23), and ends it by pointing out that Jesus Christ was exalted by His resurrection, ascension into heaven where He was seated at the right hand of God.  In order to grasp the full extent of the work of Jesus Christ in our behalf we have to understand both His humiliation and His exaltation.

Peter then appealed to the Scripture, citing from Psalm 110:1, “The Lord said to My Lord, sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.”  Peter made it clear that it was not David who ascended to heaven; it was Jesus.  After Jesus’ exaltation, by being seated at the right hand of God, He fulfilled Joel’s prophecy concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon all of God’s people:  “Having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing” (v. 33b).

Peter ended his sermon with these words:  “Let all the house of Israel know for certain that God made Him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified” (v. 36).  The death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the right hand of God prove that Jesus is both Lord and Christ!  He is the sovereign Lord over all things, including death (I Corinthians 15:26,26).  And He is the Christ, the promised Messiah, who came to save His people from their sins.

Lord Jesus Christ, I bow before You as the sovereign Lord over all.  I know that You are in control of all things and I acknowledge that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.  I praise, honor and exalt You, for You alone are worthy to receive all praise and glory, for You alone are both Lord and Christ!

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