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May 21, 2016

There are two crucial facts with which I want to start this blog. First, in the Old Testament in keeping with ancient Jewish tradition, showing respect and not violating the Third Commandment the Jews substituted the commonly used Hebrew word “Adonai” for the word Yahweh, and it means master, proprietor, owner or lord. In the New Testament, the Greek word “kuios,” which means lord or one that possesses ultimate authority was used when describing Jesus. In the scriptures, God and Jesus, who was the manifestation of God in the flesh were both called, “Lord.”

Secondly, every king is a “Lord” because to be a king, he must own the territory over which he reigns, and his lordship encompasses that territory. Accordingly, he is what we describe a landlord. As believers (citizens) of the Kingdom of God, we understand that God, who is the creator of the world, owns everything. This world and everything in it is His. David declared this fact in Psalm 24:1, which says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” Thus, in the kingdom of God believers (citizens) are His stewards, not owners, and their responsibility is to manage the land for our landlord.

Unfortunately, we often say familiar phrases such as, “Jesus is Lord” and “Jesus is my Lord” without really taking time to understand what we are saying. In Luke 6:46 Jesus said to the people following Him, “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” because he knew lordship required obedience and devotion which He was not receiving from them. When we say either one of these phases we are declaring we are obedient to Him and He is responsible for our care and wellbeing because He is our landlord. Listen; when you are living in someone’s home, the homeowner, not the tenant is responsible for maintaining it. Tenants do not have the right to make decisions for they do not have ownership; they can accept the decisions of the landlord or move. Hence, saying either one of these phases which ascribes ownership and lordship to Jesus and questioning His directives is not an option.

Finally, I will close this blog with these words of Pastor Myles Munroe, “The word “Lord” can never be used with the word “but.” Those two words are impossible together. We cannot say, “I love you Lord, but….” or else He is not Lord. We cannot claim Him as Lord and then make excuses for not obeying Him. The only appropriate word to go with “Lord” is “Yes!” Either He is Lord of all, or He is not Lord at all.”

Today, my question for you, “Is Jesus truly your Lord?”


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