KISSING UP TO THE ALMIGHTY
Jesus had many fans and perhaps a handful of fanatics. Thousands were in the crowd identifying as followers, yet only a few seemed to understand what He was calling for. If you experience any fame or become a person in demand, people will kiss up to you. They will act a certain expected way in order to get what they want from you. Jesus spoke directly to this tension.
He noticed the frequency with which people would speak to Him in respectful terms – Lord, Rabbi, Teacher. But what’s in a title? They called Jesus ‘Lord’ but did they mean that?
A lord has power and authority over others. They are in place to govern and rule over a domain.
Apparently, people are supposed to obey kings. This king was pronouncing rule for the Kingdom and people still lived by their own laws. Jesus came to announce the arrival of God’s Kingdom and people were not grasping it.
He seriously believed Himself to be the King. He knew that His Kingdom was not originating from this world. It was a Kingdom of opposite values and required faith to see it grow.