Receiving A New Master
When we receive Jesus we receive a new Master that we did not have before. If people attempt to receive a Jesus who will not become their Master, they attempt to receive a false Jesus, a Jesus that only exists in the imaginations of men. Jesus is called Master more than 50 times in the New Testament. It would be well to know what the word means. It means an instructor, a doctor, a master or a teacher.Matthew 19:16: And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
Matthew 22:16: And they sent out unto him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest thou for any man: for thou regardest not the person of men.Matthew 23:10: Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
Luke 17:13: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.John 11:28: And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.
The word Master, when used together with the word Lord, adds the authority of God to the Master.John 13:13-16: Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another*s feet.
While we are at it, we should know the meaning of the word Lord. It means supreme in authority, controller; by implication Master as a respectful title, God, Lord, Sir.Luke 6:46: And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Individuals were calling Jesus Lord but not doing what He said. They were calling Him Lord but He was really not their Lord. There are no two ways about it. If He is our Lord and Master we will listen to His teaching and do what He teaches. I have had many teachers that I did not permit to make any difference in my life and I am sure that you have. They had no authority over us and we did not give them any.
It will be easier for us to listen to Jesus* teaching and obey it when we add into the equation that He is all-wise, all-knowing, all-powerful, all loving and that He will NEVER instruct us to do anything that is harmful to ourselves or to anyone else.
I am horrified at how often my old master, my flesh, tries to be my controller and at how often I yield to it. I am grateful that my Lord and Master is also a Forgiver. He forgives me and takes the reins again whenever I ask Him to.Romans 7:24-25: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.