And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I?
This week starts the most exciting week of the year for every golf fan – Masters week! It’s the major tournament with historic wins and matchless drama on the same famed picturesque course every year. The winner this week will always be noted as “Masters Champion” no matter what else he has or will ever accomplish in a career. Jesus knew all along Judas was to be the betraying disciple. Interestingly, however, he never revealed such to the other disciples throughout the three years of his ministry on Earth. In the scripture above, Jesus informs the disciples he knows one of them is about to betray him. One by one, the disciples question him, “Lord, is it I?” However, it is interesting to consider the different salutation of Judas in addressing Jesus. In verse 25, Judas questioned Jesus with “Master, is it I?” Judas saw Jesus as his Master, but not his Lord. It is interesting to note the differing salutations to our Christ. In order to have a productive and sanctified Christian life, it is imperative we make Jesus both our Master and our Lord. There is a difference. “Master” referred to a certain earthly control and dominion while “lord” recognized Jesus for he was and will be. Most religions recognize Jesus as a important historical figure deserved of certain reverence. However, there is a distinct difference to those who recognize him also as “Lord” and “Savior.” He is to be Master of our direction, but also Lord of our spiritual lives! Only Jesus lived a sinless life on Earth while tempted in every way we are tempted. He was crucified on a cross thereby paying the debt for the past, present and future sins of the world. He then arose on the third day signifying a victory over sin and death. “You ask me how I know he lives, he lives within my heart!” Have you made him Lord of your life?