Both Lord and Christ
The very first gospel sermon was preached in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost. The climax of the sermon in Acts 2 is found in verse 36. Peter said, “Let all of the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” What does it mean that Jesus is both Lord and Christ?
The word Lord simply means, “he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord”. Jesus is the master to whom we must listen and whom we should obey. Peter said, “But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence” (1 Peter 3:15)
Jesus is also called the Christ. The word “Christ” simply means “anointed”. It is the Greek equivalent of Messiah. He was the one prophesied of in the O.T. He is the king of kings and the Lord of Lord (Rev.17:14).
When the crowd learned that Jesus was Lord and Christ they asked, “what shall we do?” If Jesus is Lord and Christ then we must asked the same question. What does he ask and require of me?