In the final hours before Jesus’ crucifixion, every detail recorded in the Gospels is paramount. While the overarching story is known by many, there are also key statements and actions recorded that bring greater depth to what is transpiring. One of those key moments is seen at the Last Supper in comments given by the disciples.
In Matthew 26:20-25, Jesus is reclining with this disciples as they are observing the Passover meal. He eventually tells them that one sitting at the table will betray him. You can imagine the shock and suspicion rising in the room.
And they were very sorrowful and began to say to him one after another, “Is it I, Lord?” -Matt. 26:22
Overwhelmed at the prospect of this tragedy transpiring, these disciples knew the depravity of their own hearts enough to question if they would be the culprit. “Please, let it not be me” was the cry of each of these disciples. They called him, “Lord,” showing that Jesus was their master and he deserved their greatest allegiance.
After additional dialogue, Judas speaks out:
Judas, who would betray him, answered, “Is it I, Rabbi?” He said to him, “You have said so.” -Matthew 26:25
Jesus’ betrayer asked the same question but used a different title for Jesus. While the other disciples called Jesus “Lord,” Judas called him “Rabbi” which means “teacher.”
There’s a difference between Jesus being your teacher and being your Lord.
Jesus is many people’s teacher. Saints and unregenerate people both reference the words of Christ. But if Christ never moves from the teaching position to the lordship position in your life, your life is in danger.
Plenty of us will associate with Christ, few of us will actually follow Christ.
We must move beyond lessons to obedience.
Information without application indicates a lack of transformation.
Is Jesus your teacher or is he your Lord?