In the book of Mark, Jesus is most often referred to as “teacher.” Mark used “Messiah” once and “Son of Man” a couple of times. In encounters with demons, Mark tells us they called Jesus “the Holy One of God.”
Jesus adds a new name himself when he tells the two disciples to go and retrieve the colt. He instructs any who ask to tell them, “The Lord needs it.” In the language of the day this term was reserved for royalty and divinity. As in Caesar and God. As His final week drew near, Jesus was adding a new and important definition to who He is: divine presence. In several places Jesus uses the term “Lord” to refer to God. Now He is applying it to himself.
This claim implies more for His followers. It draws a new level of commitment and attachment. Believing in Jesus as a good teacher was easy. All who heard Him speak were amazed and He seemed to draw knowledge from a higher source. And the healings! These pointed to something special about this Jesus.
When we claim Jesus as Lord there is something more to it than there was before. But to simply call Jesus ‘Lord’ feels incomplete. It really needs to be “Lord of my life.” As in all of me. As in over all of my life. It is not a partial commitment. Jesus did not go half way to the cross. Nor does He expect us to go half way in following Him. To call Jesus “Lord” offers our total being to Him. What do you call Jesus?
Scripture reference: Mark 11: 1-3