/ James Faris

Dominion that Extends to Domain Extensions

How should the incarnation affect your use of the internet? We have received good news of peace through Jesus Christ, and “he is Lord of all” (Acts 10:36). We celebrate the incarnation because this was God’s plan for Jesus to be made both Lord and Christ. God the Father has given him all authority in heaven and on earth. He has exalted him as King of kings, Lord of lords, and yes even Domine of domains as a result of his work of atonement. He holds this office in order to apply his redemption. He rules the World Wide Web with truth and grace.

We mark the years “A.D.” Anno Domini. It is “the year of our Lord.” We mark sites on the internet by domain extensions like .com, .edu, .info, or .org. In so doing, intentionally or not, we acknowledge them as the domain of our Lord. The only reason these domains exist and can exist is because there is One who has dominion over all.

So, whenever you work or play online, remember that Jesus is Lord of all, and bow your knee in humble obedience to him with every click and keystroke. Even as you read this, Jesus is seated on his throne as Lord of all looking upon you. Whatever domain you enter, he calls you to remember that because of his incarnation and work of redemption:

  • He is Lord of commerce (.com)
  • He is Lord of networks (.net)
  • He is Lord of organizations (.org)
  • He is Lord of government (.gov)
  • He is Lord of the military (.mil)
  • He is Lord of educational institutions (.edu)
  • He is Lord of information (.info)
  • He is Lord of the church (.church)
  • He is Lord of every nation (.us, .ca, .uk, .cn, .in, etc.)
  • He is Lord of every other site in cyberspace

With apologies to Abraham Kuyper, we might put it this way, “There is not a single name in the whole domain of our internet extensions over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

James Faris

James Faris

Child of God. Husband to Elizabeth. Father of six. Pastor of Second Reformed Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ordained as a pastor in 2003.

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