And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church
All things are subject to Jesus Christ, He is the head of all things, especially the Church and there is no environment or issue that is outside His sphere of judgement. Notice that our verse today says specifically that Jesus is head over all things to the Church. This means that the purpose of Christ’s headship over all is actually for the direct benefit of the saints who collectively make up Christ’s Body – the Church. This is because it is God’s clear intention that the Church will rule with Christ in the age to come. As of now it may not seem as though all things are subject to Christ, since many choose to live outside His LORDship, and that the Church is anything but ready to rule! This is because at this point in history, which can also be understood as HIS-story, God is allowing mankind a season of unmerited grace often referred to as the Times of the Gentiles (see Luke 21v24). During this period God is allowing humanity the opportunity to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (John 4v24) as a free will offering; but the Scriptures make it plain that this season will not last indefinitely. One day SOON Jesus will return and then all things will be totally subject to Him in every way. Even those who have chosen not to accept His LORDship will have to confess on that DAY that Jesus is LORD. Therefore at this point in HIS-story the Church is in training being prepared by God to rule, and part of that training is for the Church to example Christ’s LORDship to the world so that those who do desire to be part of the age to come (verse 21) will have a taste of what it will be like. That then is an awesome responsibility for the Church!
Now let’s be honest Lordship is an uncomfortable subject, yet it is a subject that we cannot ignore in relation to Jesus Christ. In fact our verse today can be summed up in three words – Jesus is Lord!
Few serious historians would argue about the historical evidence for Jesus Christ. But for most the image of Jesus Christ born in a manger is the safest and the most comfortable: an innocent babe, in a stall of straw, surrounded by a mixed group of witnesses – of the curious and the mystified. For most this image is safe because it is non-threatening, it seems to demand nothing in terms of allegiance or change in values or lifestyles. But that is why Jesus said of the masses that, “they will ever be hearing but never perceiving,” because the Babe in the manger came for one purpose and it wasn’t to make mankind feel sentimental once a year. He came to rule. Those who merely view Christ in such terms of sentiment, as an ideal of what all men should aspire to in terms of model behaviour and virtue will always miss Christ’s main message, that whoever would follow Him must take up their cross daily, and only those who receive Christ as the Ruler of their lives will share in His life forever. Indeed to be born again is more than just an intellectual belief in what Christ has done for us, it is a decision to ask Him to come in, to get off the throne of our own lives, and surrender that position to Christ. Once Christ sees our intention to allow Him to be Lord of our lives He comes and takes residence in our lives by His Spirit and begins to fill all in all (verse 22). That is to fill every area of our lives that is still outside his direct Lordship and that is presently doing its own thing. Once Christ is in our lives He will never leave or forsake us, but neither will He force us to obey His will.
From time to time, because the flesh is still very much alive and well, we eye that throne again and Christ steps aside and allows us to direct our own affairs again. Like a faithful brother watching over a troubled sibling, He will watch over us and remain with us until we realise the folly of our own direction and step down to allow Him to rule again. Those of us who learn quickly to abide by Christ’s rule in our hearts will bear the fruit of the Spirit and will enjoy the fruits of our labour, but those of us who constantly take matters into our own hands will find the Christian walk frustrating because the Gospel is not just about fire insurance and salvation from hell, it is about Lordship. How are we today? Are we sitting at Christ’s feet? Are we allowing Him to be our head? Are we allowing Him to fill every area of our lives? Are there still areas outside of His jurisdiction? If so let us ask God for the grace today to examine ourselves and make sure that He is Lord of all.
OUR PRAYER TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank you that Jesus is LORD and all things are subject to Him. Thank you LORD that we are part of the Church in training. As such we surrender afresh the throne of our hearts to the LORD Jesus today. Search our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit and reveal to us any areas of our lives that are not submitted to Christ’s Lordship so that we may model Your LORDship to a lost and hurting world.