I received an email this morning asking if I believed “Jesus was Lord.” A conventional definition of “Lord” is “a deferential title for a person or deity who has authority, control, or power over others; a master, chief, or ruler.”
But consider this possibility. What if embracing Jesus’ Truth means divesting yourself of beliefs that you have long held in the highest certainty? What if “Jesus as Lord” means seeing God, yourself, others and life itself in a way that you have never seen before? What if the idea of “Jesus as Lord” means parting with your religious tradition, even the “Christian” one?
Many people are fond of applying “Lord” to Jesus as a title of honor and authority. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says ‘Lord, Lord’ will walk in the reality of my kingdom.” Why is that? Because it’s not the title that frees people, it’s the Truth.