Christology 101 (Part 4): Delighting in the Lordship of the Creator-King

Dr. McKay Caston
3 min readNov 6, 2023

When we speak of Jesus as Lord, we’re talking about his reign as the eternal Creator-King.

As the Apostle Paul writes, “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things were created through him and for him” (Colossians 1:16, ESV)

John echoes this in the opening of his gospel, writing, “1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:1–3, ESV)

As Creator, Jesus designed physical laws to govern the material world, and he designed moral laws to govern the moral world.

A common misconception perceives the moral framework outlined in Scripture as a restraint to human freedom and happiness.

Actually, this divine moral compass has been set as the stage upon which humanity could truly flourish, if only we submitted to the Creator-King’s wisdom.

In this light, sin is seen not merely as a violation of social norms or ethical principles, but as an act of treason against the Creator-King.

It’s a willful defiance against a good and wise sovereign who seeks our ultimate good.

And yet, the very King against whom we have rebelled chose to suffer the penalty our rebellion deserved.

This King, the Creator of all, traded his crown of glory for a crown of thorns, embodying the ultimate act of sacrificial love.

As the weight of our sins burdened his shoulders, Jesus exhibited unimaginable mercy while enduring unspeakable suffering to provide a final and complete solution for our rebellion.

Through this sacrificial act, not only was the gravity of our treason against the Creator-King displayed, but also the boundless extent of his grace.

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Dr. McKay Caston

I create resources to help folks tether their lives to the cross of the risen and reigning Jesus | www.mckaycaston.com