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The name of the Son of God is presented in many ways in the New Testament, but this threefold rendering – Lord Jesus Christ – is a particularly prominent one. It appears 63 times in those writings. Its etymology appears dramatically and succinctly in Acts 2:36.
“Lord” speaks of His deity – both before and after the days of His humanity.
“Jesus” speaks of the days of His humanity – His life, death, and resurrection as recorded in the four Gospels. Jesus is the example we follow (1 Peter 2:21), the way of life we imitate (1 Corinthians 11:1).
“Christ” speaks of the unification of His humanity and deity and of His inheritance of, and eternal rule over, all of creation. Christ rules as Lord over all in the eternal order of things (Ephesians 1:10, 21).
I am not suggesting that the Bible makes hard and fast distinctions between these three terms from which it never waivers. I am merely saying that each carries the sort of general connotation ascribed to it above.
The Jews had long expected the Messiah, because God had promised Him through the prophets. However, the Jews expected Messiah to be a king – not the Lord! God had done exceeding abundantly beyond all that they could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).