I am a bit big on semantics, I tend to pay great attention to how words are used, in terms of their choice and arrangements to produce meaning or establish a perspective. And yes I sometimes get into trouble for I can be too particular or…
Our Lord and Savior was a master in his use of words, they were carefully chosen, well placed and arranged, to ensure that only that which is of the spirit of God can be understood from them. Little wonder even when Chief priests sort to find false witnesses against Him, trying to entangle him using him in words it didn’t work.
It especially shines through whenever you find him answering a question, or challenging an existing understanding, as he outlines without ambiguity the mind of divine wisdom.
Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.
It’s subtle. But it’s there. Take a look again what Jesus says here. He says ‘Ye call me Master and Lord…’ He then follows it up with ‘If I then, Your Lord and Master…’. In the connection between the two verses, we find a simple connector, for so I am.
What does this mean? First, we must understand that He is Lord and Master. Second, we must first acknowledge him as Lord before we subscribe to his Mastership.
A lot of people have this idea that Jesus is the great moral teacher or this wise man that spent his evenings doling out wisdom nuggets and life lessons. So they are willing to come to him on that account, embracing his teaching, without the attendant cost of submission of will and crucifixion of self.
The idea of the word Lord at its most fundamental level carries the idea of supremacy. That in our encounter with Christ as believers, one thing we must accept is the supreme control and right to administration He has over our lives. All else is secondary to that.
While Master carries with it the sense of an Instructor. We find that as believers there is a desire we have to want to learn a lot of principles. Principles about Finances, Relationships, Leadership, Stewardship, etc. But none of those things matter much if our lives aren’t surrendered to Him. Those things work as advertised in the lives of those that have come under Lordship
Thus Jesus makes it clear that whilst He is Master and Lord, He actually is Lord and Master.
The question then is a simple one. Have you come under Lordship? Or have you thought that you could enjoy the teachings and ignore the demands of the teacher?
Let it be clear where you stand because the Lord is not ambiguous in his demands.