1 Jesus is Lord! Behold, the King of kings,
exalted high, the name above all names.
I sing his praise, the Lamb upon the throne,
who reigns in glory, power, and majesty.
2 This is my God. Behold his hands and side,
the wounds of love that healed my brokenness.
What God is this? What kind of sacrifice
would give so much to gain a loveless soul?
3 For me, to live is Christ, to die is gain,
for Christ has died that I might gain his life.
He is my all, my joy, my righteousness,
my hope of glory when he comes to reign.
4 Yes, suddenly, my God shall come again.
And every knee shall bow before his name.
And he shall reign forever on the throne.
And in his glory there I shall proclaim:
"Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord!
Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord!"
The confessions make it clear that the ascension of Christ opened the door to the rule of his kingdom. This fact is comforting to those who love him and is a fearful threat to those who despise him. The response therefore is praise and adoration from people of faith, and resistance from those who reject him.
Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 27 affirms “All authority, glory and sovereign power are given to him,” and reaffirms it in paragraph 43: “Jesus Christ rules over all.”
Consider the clear affirmation made in Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 19, Question and Answer 50: “Christ ascended to heaven to show there that he is the head of his church, the one through whom the Father rules all things.”
It is no wonder that those who despise him join together to conspire against him, for Christ’s aim as Lord is to “destroy the devil’s work…every force which revolts against you and every conspiracy against your holy word” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 48, Question and Answer 123).