Sometimes life can seem to be almost out of control. But it’s not. Take hope! There is a “Lord” who been given “all authority” on this earth as well as in heaven. My first pastor used to say, “Let your ‘all’ be all!” Don’t think of Jesus Christ as a Lord of some things, but not of others. No! He’s Lord of all! There is nothing that can defy His absolute authority. There is nothing that is not included under His rule. Let’s take a look at some areas where His Lordship will definitely be a blessing to you.
Even before Jesus’ divine conception in the virgin womb of His mother Mary, the angel announced to Joseph that Jesus would “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). John the Baptist identified Him as “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). Our sins separated us from God (Isaiah 59:2). On earth, among mere mortals, there was no remedy to be found. So God sent His own Son from heaven to earth. He was born to a virgin, grew up and preached, taught, healed, and cast out demons among the people. Then the Roman governor Pilate had his soldiers take the Son of God and crucify Him. He died, not for Himself, but for us! As the apostle Peter wrote, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross” (1 Peter 2:24). And now, to all who will believe in Jesus, the liberating message is, “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:19).
That is the very essence of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), that “Christ died for our sins” (vs. 3). And as you evidence repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21), your sins are forgiven, you can “count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus … [and] sin shall no longer be be your master” (Romans 6:11, 14). Jesus is Lord over sin!
In His several years of public ministry on earth, Jesus repeatedly healed the sick. No one who came to Him in faith for healing was refused. He healed them all! And Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). Jesus the Healer in the first century is “the same today”! He is the Healer in our 21st century. Remember our opening verses: “Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all.” There is nothing that is not under His authority and Lordship, and that includes every type of disease, sickness, and infirmity.
How can we be sure of that? The answer is that, just as Jesus bore our sins in His horrible torture and crucifixion, so too did He bear our diseases. The apostle Peter wrote of both these things: “[Jesus] Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed” (1 Peter 2:24, NKJV). He fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy, as Matthew wrote: He healed all the sick … He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases” (Matthew 8:16-17).
So as you encounter sickness, infirmities, or diseases, remember the words of the Psalm, so beautifully fulfilled centuries later in Jesus: “…forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3). Jesus is Lord over sickness!
In His ministry on earth, Jesus cast out demons from many people. Acts 10:38 tells how “how God anointed [Jesus] with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil.” Part of Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth “was to destroy the devil’s work” (1 John 3:8). And He did that in His death, burial, and resurrection, “triumphing over [demonic powers] by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).
Before He returned to heaven, Jesus gave to His followers, to those who believe in Him, authority over the devil and his demons. In Mark’s account of the great commission, Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature…  And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils…” (Mark 16:15-17). This authority over demonic spirits was not just for the early apostles. Jesus, who has “all authority,” gave this power to “them that believe” throughout the Church Age in the pursuit of the Great Commission.
Paul writes to us who believe in Jesus to give no place the devil (Ephesians 4:27). Satan doesn’t control us. No! Rather, as James wrote (4:7-8a), “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you.” Because Jesus overcame the devil at the cross, and because He passed that victory on to us, you can successfully resist the devil’s efforts and strategies against you. Jesus is Lord over the devil. So you His followers can share in that victory.
Because of the weakness of our mortal flesh and our carnal nature, men and women without the Lord’s intervention in their lives become captive to all kinds of sinful habits. And that is one of the primary reasons Jesus came from heaven to earth, that is, to bring “freedom for the prisoners” (Luke 4:18) … “deliverance to the captives” (KJV).
The apostle Paul shows this beautiful deliverance from the demands of our flesh, from our bodily appetites, in Romans 7:21-25—“So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me…  What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” The body, our “flesh,” wants to indulge itself in a wide variety of carnal pursuits (Galatians 5:19-21). But there is deliverance for us from the works of the flesh by the victory Jesus secured at the cross. Now all born-again believers can draw upon this promise: “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh” (Galatians 5:16, NKJV).
The Bible tells us that Jesus, while He was one earth, was tempted as we are, but never sinned. And because of that, Jesus understands our flesh’s weaknesses and exhorts us to come to Him for mercy, grace, and help to get victory. We are told that Jesus was “tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16). Come to Jesus. Be open and sincere, crying out to Him: “Help!” He will give you a measure of grace to overcome any work of the flesh that has you captive. Remember, Jesus is Lord over all captivities, habits, and addictions of mankind. No exceptions. And He is only too happy to share that victory with you if you come to Him sincerely for help.
I know some dedicated Christians who struggle with depression. To all who battle with it, the prophet Isaiah has some strong encouragement. He prophesied of the coming Messiah [whom we know as Jesus] that He would be the solution to a wide range of troubles. For those dealing with depression, Isaiah said that the Lord would “give unto them…a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness” (Isaiah 61:3, KJV). Praising the Lord is a powerful antidote to depression. When a “spirit of heaviness” tries to overcome you, turn your heart towards Jesus, the “Lord of all,” and begin to praise Him for His goodness, love, and mercy to you.
Let me share an inspiring story I heard from a Canadian evangelist many years ago. He was conducting a Gospel crusade in Haiti. One night in the meeting, he saw in the spirit a band of demons surrounding the tent. Rather than let a spiritual heaviness come over the meeting, the evangelist shouted, “Hallelujah!” [which means, “Praise the Lord!”]. He saw the circle of demons back off a step or two. Being inspired by that, he shouted “Hallelujah!” again, and the demons fled back a few steps more. As he continued to praise the Lord in a loud voice, that circle of demons disappeared into the night. But another circle, a circle of angels, came in and surrounded the tent where the demons had been earlier. Now I realize that this was not a case of depression. But the point is that demonic opposition to God’s people and devilish efforts to drag God’s people down can be overcome by praising the Lord. And the one praising Him will find himself receiving from the Lord a “garment of praise” replacing the “spirit of heaviness.”
Our world, your neighborhood, perhaps your very own house—everywhere you look there are brokenhearted people. Their hearts have been bruised, sometimes crushed, by bad marriages, the death of loved ones, betrayal by friends, and a host of other heart-rending shocks. Isaiah’s prophecy brings hope here, too. He says of Jesus, the Savior to come, that He would “bind up the brokenhearted” (Isaiah 61:1, KJV) … “heal the broken-hearted” (GNT) … “comfort the brokenhearted” (TLB).
I can testify firsthand to this. After 38 years of a happy marriage, my wife went on to her reward in heaven. My heart was broken. My emotions were devastated. Thankfully, the Bible is correct: Jesus is the healer of broken hearts. As the days, weeks, and months passed by, I kept my focus on the Lord and the comfort of His word. And He was faithful to fulfill His promise to “bind up” my broken heart. With His help and comfort, I was enabled to get back to a reasonably normal life. Early on in my mourning, I didn’t know how this would happen. But Jesus is indeed “Lord of all,” and that includes broken hearts. He healed my heart! And He didn’t stop there. In His timing, the Lord brought into my life another exceptional Christian woman, who is now my wonderful wife! She too had experienced deep grief over the death of her husband, and she too had experienced the wonderful healing power of Jesus Christ to comfort and heal the broken-hearted.
Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18). It is His Church, not the pastor’s or the congregation’s. We have the honor and privilege of participating in the Lord’s Church, but the headship of it is entirely His. The writer of Acts (20:28) calls it “…the church of God, which he [Jesus] purchased with his own blood.” He laid down His life and shed His blood for the Church, and He is over it in every way.
Every facet of the New Testament church, as well as all the individual local churches worldwide, is to be submitted to the leadership of Jesus Christ. He is “the head over everything for the church” (Ephesians 1:22) … “the head of the church, his body” ((Ephesians 5:23). “He is the head of the body, the church…so that in everything he might have the supremacy” (Colossians 1:18). The Bible says that where even two or three are gathered together in Jesus’ name, He is there in the midst (Matthew 18:20). So when you participate in church services, expect Jesus to be there! You will experience His presence in His church in the Word of God, in the worship, and in the gifts of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:26).
It is God the Father’s intention that “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow … and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord” (Philippians 2:10-11) The apostle Thomas’s cry to Jesus—“My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)—should be on the lips of everyone. Remember from our opening verses, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all, and all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Him by God the Father. It is not God’s will that any should die and perish in their sins, but rather that “all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9, KJV). The Lord’s desire for everyone is that they come into His salvation and under His Lordship through “repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21, NASB).
I have mentioned a few major areas covered by the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We have seen that He is Lord over sin, sickness, demons, captivity to habits, depression, broken hearts, and more. If I haven’t mentioned a problem or some troubles that you personally are experiencing, you are not left out! Remember (Acts 10:36, NKJV), Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all. Whatever your problem or need, Jesus’ victory in His death, burial, and resurrection is the source of victory for you! Remember, “No matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘yes’ in Christ” (2 Corinthians 1:20).
Whatever your need is, take it to Him who has all authority in heaven and earth, to Jesus Christ who is Lord of all. Come boldly to His throne of grace to find mercy, grace, and help in your time of need (Hebrews 4:16). He will hear and help you! And you in turn will be able to boldly testify, “The Lord is my helper” (Hebrews 13:6).
©2016, James H. Feeney.
Pentecostal Sermons and Bible Studies
by Pastor Jim Feeney, Ph.D.