Jesus asks a good question. In fact, this question resonates with all of us. All of us have to examine our relationship with Jesus. Almost no one who is a believer would have a problem calling Jesus our Savior. We get that part. He is our Savior and there is nothing we can do to change that. He took care of this at the cross. Our struggle is not with Jesus our Savior. Our struggle is when we call Jesus our Lord.
The word Lord is the Greek word kyrios is a title of respect which can mean lord, master, one in supreme control, or sir. From the Blueletterbible.org website, the biblical usage of this word kyrios is as follows:
He to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord
The possessor and disposer of a thing
The owner; one who has control of the person, the master
In the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor
Is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master
This title is given to: God, the Messiah
When the word is translated as a title for Jesus, the word is always capitalized. This includes Lord, but also includes Master and Sir. The word kyrios is found 748 times in the New Testament. It is translated Lord with a capital “L” 667 times. It is the preferred title of Jesus. By far, this was what most people called Jesus.
This brings us to this question of Jesus. “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord….?’” Lots of people were calling Jesus Lord. The disciples did. People who were healed did. Some called Him Lord out of respect. What about you and me? Do we call Jesus Lord? Why? Is He really your Lord?
If He is really our Lord, then by definition, He is the Owner and Master of our lives. He is the Supreme Controller of our lives. If we call Him Lord, we relinquish control of our lives.
Jesus helps those He was addressing at the time and also helps us to determine if Jesus is our Lord or if we are just calling Him Lord. The proof is our actions. The second part of Luke 6:46 lays it on the line. “Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ Jesus asks, “and not do the things which I say?”
If he is our Lord, we will do what He says? If we do not do what He says, we cannot call Him Lord. Simple, right? The NLT translates it this way: “So why do you keep calling Me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say.” This is something that was ongoing. That is the key.
Calling Jesus our Savior is a once and for all, onetime event where we accept and profess our belief in Christ and His saving work on the cross as we repent from and confess our sins. Calling Jesus our Lord is a daily reexamination of our heart. It is a moment by moment look at our lives in light of God’s word. Sadly, many of us, including your pastor, call Jesus Lord but refuse to do what He says.
Jesus drives home the point with a famous illustration about building your house on sand or rock. The house with the sandy foundation is destroyed when the storms come resulting in a total loss. The house on the rock withstands the pounding of the storm and remains a little battered, but still intact. Jesus applies the parable by saying those who build on the rock are building their lives on Him and His Word.
Rose of Sharon, are we calling Jesus Lord and then disobeying what he says for us to do? Are we building our church sand or the rock? What about individuals; is Jesus the Lord of your life, family, marriage, relationships, career, church service, and finances? Or are you just saying He is Lord but not doing what He says?
My prayer is we will be a church that not only calls Jesus Lord, but actually does what He says.
I love you and it’s a privilege to be your pastor.