“Brother” and “Master” carry different connotations. Jesus is both, but how do we differentiate between them?
8 Do not rebuke mockers or they will hate you; rebuke the wise and they will love you.
You are the Favorite Big Brother, the Benevolent Master,
the Ultimate Boss, and the Good Drill Sergeant.
If “Favorite Big Brother” were the only title we used for Jesus, we might get the idea that we could take or leave His advice, counsel, and direction. Today, we look at the title, “Benevolent Master,” which carries a much heavier meaning.
Thomas said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:28
When Thomas recognized and acknowledged Jesus as resurrected and real, he believed, which means that he put his faith and trust in Him–he entrusted his life to Him. The concept may be better understood in terms of medieval times. A new king would ride through the land and visit the villages of his kingdom. As he did so, the villagers would come out to the road and take a knee, thus pledging fealty to the new king. “Fealty” means: Fidelity to a lord; the obligation or the engagement to be faithful to a lord, usually sworn to by a vassal; Faithfulness.
Taking the word, FAITH, let’s make an acrostic:
F – Forsaking
A – All,
I – I
T – Trust
H – Him.
Forsaking All, I Trust Him
Sounds like a marriage vow, doesn’t it? In fact, that’s exactly what is meant in Ephesians 5:25-27, 30-31. Let’s read them:
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. We forsake all and unite with Christ to form a new creation, one born of flesh AND of Spirit. We are NEW CREATIONS! 2 Corinthians 5:17
Let’s get our heads out of the academic side of truth and into the experiential side. As long as we stand back and study salvation and its benefits, we will never know Christ as we are intended to know Him. We must make the decision to entrust our lives to Him. We have some good examples and exhortations:
“But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates [money, power, pleasure], or the gods of the Amorites [fear, appeasement], in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15
Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21
Let’s go ALL IN:
I hereby pronounce Jesus as my LORD and my God; I hereby turn from every other pursuit for pleasure, comfort, security, and power and make Jesus my sole Provider of all these needs; I will make Him the first One I turn to in the morning and the last One I speak to before sleep; I will walk with Him, lean on Him, depend on Him, and learn about Him all day, every day as He teaches me.
Jesus, You are my LORD and my God. Make Yourself known to me. Show me who You are! May I see You and experience You in everything I do, everywhere I go, and in everyone I meet: If they know You, may our spirits join together in sweet fellowship; if they don’t know You, may I be Your messenger to them. I hereby commit myself to You, Jesus; I take the knee and profess fealty to You, my LORD. Reign in my heart now and forevermore.
By the way, Jesus’ rebuke of Thomas was a boon in our favor:
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” That’s US!
Let’s not wait until Jesus returns to pledge our lives to Him and live for Him. We will miss out on SO MUCH if we do–possibly salvation itself! Let’s follow Him NOW!
Abba, I pray for my readers that they would feel Your urging right now and DO IT! May they take the “All In” pledge. Call them to Yourself, O LORD. Make it plain to them that there is no fence-riding here; it’s either all of You or none of You. We either follow You or we don’t. I choose today to follow You. Be my LORD and my God TODAY. I intend to make the same pledge tomorrow. And the next day. And the next… Amen.