As Christians, we often will say we serve the Lord, that He is the King, and similar things. How serious are we about that? Is He really our Lord? Is He really our King? The book of James begins with only a one verse "introduction," yet what a powerful lesson it contains! He writes, "James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings." There are three words that point out his relationship to God and Jesus, and what ours also should be.
I. James is a BOND-SERVANT
A. In other words, he is a willing slave
1. It is a term used by Paul in Rom. 1:1; Phil. 1:1 and Titus 1:1
2. Jude uses it in 1:1, Peter in II Peter 1:1, John in Rev. 1:1
3. Paul uses it of Jesus in Phil. 2:7
B. The idea is that James has fully and freely given himself to God and Jesus
II. Jesus is the LORD
A. James is no longer "in control"
B. Jesus is the master
1. This is an idea that would resonate with the Jews and the Greeks who might read this
2. They knew full well what it meant to be a slave under a lord
a. The Jews were, in essence, under the lordship of the Roman Empire
b. Many Jews and Greeks were involved in free-will slavery
III. Jesus is the CHRIST
A. This means He is the Messiah
1. Christ is not last name!
2. He is "the anointed one"
B. He is the KING!
Jesus is Master and King because He is the one God put in place as Lord and Messiah. You know we often will say something like, "I do not want to do _______." Or, "I don't see why we cannot ________." Or, "I think we ought to _______." Granted, there are some areas of opinion in which the Lord has given us the freedom to use judgment. However, for those things that He has told us to do, how can we say it's too hard or scary ... That it would make me uneasy or uncomfortable ... That I think my way is just as good? After all, we are the SERVANTS. Jesus is the LORD or MASTER. Jesus is the CHRIST, MESSIAH, and KING. As servants, our job is simply to submit to the will and wishes of our Master and our King. Are you submitting to His will?