“By their fruits you will know them.” Matthew 7:20 Think about what happens the moment when a baby is born. The tiny bundle of life appears, and he seems to be half asleep. So the doctor pulls him out and smacks him hard, which makes him cry. Welcome to the...
“Why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Luke 1:43
Mary arrives at the front door of her relative Elizabeth, and then Elizabeth confesses Jesus as her Lord. She calls him “my Lord” before he is even born! This raises an important question: How much do you need to know about Jesus before you submit to him as Lord?
Elizabeth had not heard any of his teaching. She knew nothing about his miracles. She was not in a position to study the impact of his life. Elizabeth knew nothing about his baptism or his transfiguration in which he was affirmed from heaven as the Son of God. She knew nothing of his death on the cross in which he became the sacrifice offered for sinners to bring us peace with God. She knew nothing about his mighty resurrection from the dead on the third day. She knew nothing of his glorious ascension in which he was taken up into the clouds. Elizabeth did not have the New Testament, and she could not have attended a church.
All she had was one simple but life-changing truth: God became a man in Jesus, the child who was born of Mary. Elizabeth was quick to realize: If this child is God, he must be Lord of all; and if he is Lord of all, he must be the Lord of me.
The single truth that Mary’s child is the Son of God was given to Elizabeth, and on that basis she confessed Jesus as her Lord. With all the revelation of Scripture that has been given to us, how much more should we confess Jesus as our Lord?
Can you stand with Elizabeth as she calls Jesus “my Lord”? Is that something that you could say today?