God made Jesus both Lord and Christ

Jesus was the name given to the baby born in Bethlehem. God gave Him this name for He was the Savior. Jesus means Savior just as Joshua means savior. During His ministry, people addressed him as Jesus, Rabbi and Master. There is no doubt that it was JESUS who was crucified and died for our sins because that was what it took for Him to be our Savior.

Jesus is the name given the MAN who was born in a stable and lived his life without sin. Jesus emphasizes the humility and humanity of the Son of God. There were certainly other people named Jesus, just as there are many today who are named Jesus (especially in Spanish speaking countries). To place undue emphasis on Jesus is to say that what the MAN Jesus did by giving His life for us is all there is involved with our salvation and redemption. Such a statement is utter foolishness yet millions (if not billions) of Christians are guilty of focusing only upon the name Jesus and none other.

On the Day of Pentecost, when Peter stood up and gave the first sermon of the Christian church, he made a remarkable statement in Acts 2:36:

Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly, that God hath made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom ye crucified.

God MADE the same Jesus who had been crucified, died and buried; both LORD and CHRIST. Thus, starting on the Day of Pentecost, the proper name for the Son of God is Jesus Christ the Lord or Lord Jesus Christ. The emphasis is no longer on Jesus alone, but that God has made Him both Lord and Christ. In Philippians 2:5-11 we read:

5Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men;

8and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.

9Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name;

10that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth,

11and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Christ Jesus emptied Himself of His position as Son of God and became a man. He humbled Himself by being obedient unto the death of the cross. The last thing Jesus could do for us was to give His life for us. Everything that took place after Jesus said “it is finished” was done by God the Father who according to these verses made Jesus both Lord and Christ.

God highly exalted Jesus and gave Him THE name which is above every name. Although it appears the name Paul is referring to is “Jesus” , in reality it is “Jesus Christ is Lord” as recorded in verse 11. Jesus was humiliated and crucified. God made that same Jesus both LORD and CHRIST. Thus, the name which is above all others at which every knee must bow and every tongue confess is Jesus is Christ the Lord.

When too much emphasis is placed on “Jesus” at the expense of “Christ” and “Lord” , it diminishes the greatness of what God wrought in the resurrection, ascension and seating of Jesus with Him in heavenly places. There are only a few places where Paul uses the term “in Jesus” , but there are a multitude of places where he says “in Jesus Christ” , “in Christ” , “in Christ Jesus” , “in the Lord” , “in Jesus Christ the Lord” and “in Christ Jesus the Lord” .

To make any sense of topics such as our identification with Christ and “in Christ Jesus” we must move past everything being about “Jesus” to the greater reality that God has made that same Jesus, but Lord and Christ. Yes, the name “Jesus” is now exalted above all others, but it is only because “Jesus” is now both Lord and Christ.

May we never forget why this is all so important and that is because of the formula for salvation as recorded in Romans 10:9 where it says:

because if thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved:

We are to confess with our mouth that Jesus is LORD and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead (He is the Christ) in order to be saved.