Master (Lord) is a title that signifies Jesus the Messiah’s absolute authority and the basis on which people may know him. It is especially associated with his resurrection and return. It is not just a title of respect but is one of authority. Is Jesus my Master? Have I put Him in control?
Let us consider the word “master” (also translated Lord). So here is a fundamental question: “What is the foundational reality that defines what it means to be a disciple? What is the fundamental reality that distinguishes the believer’s relationship to Jesus? What is our great confession in three words?” Jesus is Lord (Master).
In fact, if you want to be saved, Romans 10:9 and 10 says, “You confess Jesus as Lord (Master).” The Greek word kuriosis the corresponding word to doulos. Kurios is a title and means “master.” Doulos is “slave.” You can no more eliminate doulos from the believer’s relationship to the Master than you could eliminate kurios.
We hear a lot about the issue of the Lordship of the Messiah to try to help people who think you can become a disciple without acknowledging Jesus as Lord (Master), which is an impossible thing. Nonetheless it’s advocated. And the simple answer to that is this. If He is Lord, which is to say He is Master, then I am His slave. There’s no such thing as a master with no slaves or a slave with no master. And 1 Corinthians 12:3 says, “We call Jesus Master (Lord) by the Spirit of God.”
- Matthew 8:25 (NASB) — 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Master; we are perishing!”
- Matthew 15:25 — 25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Master, help me!”
- Matthew 15:27 — 27 But she said, “Yes, Master; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
- Matthew 21:3 — 3 “If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Master has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”