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Lenten devotions: day 8

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I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;

And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;

It is one thing to believe in God and acknowledge Him as creator of our world.

It is one thing to believe in the man Jesus who lived at one time on this earth.

It is a greater thing to believe that this man Jesus comes from God, is part of God and is able to deliver us promising salvation.

Can I now state that this Jesus, this part of the God Head, this saviour is also my Lord?

Definition:  one having power or authority

                      a ruler

                      one having land or property 

one who has mastery or leadership in some area of expertise.

All  of the above refer to lord using lowercase.   Merriam Webster assures me that capitalised Lord refers to God and Jesus.

Recalling instances in Jesus’ life  recognise places where he demonstrates lordship in power, rule, authority.  Witnesses to his life  recognised authority in his teaching and mastery of the law in addition to his power and ability to heal.

His reputation often went before him;

A leper wanting to be made clean, states, ” Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”

A Canaanite woman wanting healing for her daughter, pleads, ” Have mercy on me O Lord, son of David”

And Zacchaeus, recognising the need for redemptive healing, promises, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor.”

In His miracles Jesus demonstrates mastery over creation. 

The Lord of the earth has no problem in turning water into wine, controlling the storm and  walking on water.  He is able to heal the body, the mind and even bring life to the dead. 

The final victory over death. 

Witness the resurrection of Christ through Mary’s eyes.

What made her stay behind at the tomb when the others left?  In her grief she checked again, “was the tomb really empty?  Had they missed something?”  She listened as the angels wondered why she was weeping.  She longed for her Lord, even in death, to honour Him and care for Him as the laws demanded.

Turning away from the tomb, she saw someone whom she supposed to be the gardener.

Tell me where He is, sir, so that I can honour him.”

Then he spoke to Her, “Mary”.

It took just the speaking of her name for her to recognise Him.

Without true understanding she recognised him with the title “Rabboni or Master”.

Later she told the other disciples, “I have seen the Lord”.

Let us follow Mary and choose to faithfully step out and acknowledge that Jesus, is our Lord.

Lord have charge over my physical welfare as I seek to become a good steward of the blessings you pour out to me. 

 Lord direct my life, gently leading me as I make decisions and walk in faith each and every day.

 Lord I rejoice in Your presence and tell of your faithfulness.

Lord you ask for commitment and loyalty and dedication.

Lord  you ask for me.

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