Why is Jesus identified as “Lord of Lords” and “King of Kings”? (Rev 19:16). Why not the “Lord of the world” or “King of the world”? When Jesus walked on earth, only His disciples called Him “Lord.” The Lordship’s secret is hidden from the entire world. The mystified ones will always behave similarly to the crucifiers of Jesus on the cross.
Before unpacking the Lordship mystery, let us first appreciate the enigmatic aspect, across this sinful world. Those identified as Jesus’ brothers are also Lords. Blessed are they that know those people, just as those who knew Jesus, as Lord, were blessed.
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (John 13:12-17 NIV).
The majority of Christians are caught up in between knowledge and ignorance. They assume that the term “Lord of Lords” confers power on Jesus, ahead of the world rulers. This describes the zealots, unwilling to review different ideas, except adopting what comes from their leaders.
The most dangerous thing is calling Jesus; “Lord,” when not convicted of that reality. Nothing appears amiss, until one scrutinizes Scriptures, to realize how dangerous it can be to fall into that trap. Jesus is Lord, only to those identifying with His teachings.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” (Matthew 25:41-45 NIV).
This is profound; but very true. Those described here, would not be qualified to call Jesus, “Lord”. The ones qualified to call Jesus, “Lord” are those whom Jesus identifies as His brothers. The most difficult thing is to identify those people, even in our time.
It is impossible for those of this world to know the brothers of Jesus. They are not, ordinarily, known in this world. When Jesus asked His disciples how ordinary people identified His personality; the reply revealed that ordinary people are characterized in inaccuracy.
After Peter precisely identified Him, Jesus declared that flesh and blood had not revealed the mystery. The significance of that mysticism is what describes the formation of His Church. Jesus later instructed His disciples to hide the secret from ordinary people (Matthew 16:13-20).