Wright: Jesus is Lord
“Show me a denarius. Whose portrait and inscription are on it?”
“Caesar’s,” they replied.
He said to them, “Then give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”
—Mark 12:17 (NIV)
We have come to think that the difficulty about Christianity is believing in God in the teeth of the scientific evidence, but this misses the point. The real problem is giving allegiance to Jesus as Lord in the teeth of the claims of earthly rulers, systems and philosophies. Kyrios Iesous, Jesus is Lord, was the earliest confession of Christian faith, the thing you had to say before you got baptized. Confessing that Jesus was Lord—meaning among other things, that Caesar wasn’t—was basic, bottom-line Christianity right from the start.
... N. T. Wright (b. 1948), For All the Saints?: Remembering The Christian Departed, Church Publishing, Inc., 2004, p. 67 (see the book)
See also Luke 20:24-25; Ps. 62:10; Matt. 6:24-25; 13:22; 16:16-17; Mark 4:18-19; 12:17; Luke 8:14; 12:15; 21:34; John 13:13; Rom. 10:9; 1 Cor. 8:5-6; 12:3; 1 Tim. 6:9-10; 1 John 2:15-16; Jude 1:11
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, Your Kingdom is supreme in all the world.
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