Joshua 16-18, Luke 2:1-24 • Key Verse: Luke 2:11
Sometimes when people say, “Lord Jesus Christ,” it sounds like that is His full name. First,
middle and last names all add up to “Lord Jesus Christ,” But do not allow our typical three-part
names to inadvertently cause you to miss the significance of those words.
In Luke 2:11, Jesus is described as “Christ the Lord.” Jesus is His name. Christ and Lord are
titles. Together they give a wonderfully complete picture of Him.
Lord. The word speaks of authority. To say that Jesus is Lord is to acknowledge His right to rule
and the power He has to accomplish it. He is Lord over all.
Jesus. This is His name. It is the Greek form of Joshua, which means “Yahweh saves.” This
name says that He is the one who brings the salvation promised by God.
Christ. In the Old Testament, the word used for this title is Messiah, which means “Anointed
One.” Jesus is the promised Messiah.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the sovereign of the universe, the One who saves us from our sins, the
Christ who was promised by God.
Those three words, Lord Jesus Christ, resonate with meaning. When you say them, remember
they are not just a name but a powerful statement of who He is.
“Jesus, help me understand who and what You are. I want to grow in my understanding of You,
my Lord, Savior and Christ.”
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett