What is the most common word in the Bible? Lord. Lord is by far the most used word in the Old and New Testaments. Depending on which translation you use, there are anywhere from 7,000 to 9,000 uses of Lord. The next most common is God at 4,000 times. That is around 5,000 more uses: more than double the occurrence! One of the reasons why it is so commonly seen is the extremely high reverence for the name of God Jews had in their culture. When God revealed his name, Yahweh, the Jews saw this name as so holy, set apart, powerful, and high above us, that they would not write His name down. Instead, they used Lord. Lord is the name of God. In fact, the only way to acquire salvation is to confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9). The repetition alone shows importance, but confessing His name leading to salvation has a high emphasis as well. Maybe there is something God is trying to get across to us.
The Greek word for Lord is kurios, meaning a person who exercises absolute ownership rights. He is the ruler of the universe. In Hebrews it says of Jesus, “he upholds the universe by the word of his power.” He deserves everything in creation, because it belongs to Him. It is HIS creation and nothing we can see, create, (or even think), is completely ours. The Lord has absolute ownership rights over EVERYTHING. We are no longer our own because we have been bought. The Lord paid the highest price by giving us His son to die so we would not have to experience the consequences of our sin. We are called to give up our possessions, thoughts, and life to the one who already owns it.
One of the greatest examples in scripture of Jesus as Lord comes in Matthew 8:5-13. In this passage, a Roman centurion tells Jesus that his servant is sick. Jesus agrees to go to the suffering servant and heal him. The centurion replies, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Jesus then says, “with no one in Israel have I found such faith.” Israel was supposed to know who the Lord was, and the power that came with Him. However, it was this humble Roman centurion that knew whatever Jesus said, happened. Jesus was, and is, the one with all power and authority: at His word, we are healed.
What would it look like if we had the faith of the centurion? What if we truly believed Jesus had absolute ownership rights? Sin would wash away because He says our sin nature is dead (Rom 6:6). Every sickness and demon would vanish because he gave us authority to cast them out (Matt 10:8, Mk 16:17-18). He has absolute authority and none can rival His power. Yet He reveals Himself as a Father (Matt 6), choosing to make us His sons and daughters, becoming one of us in order to be close to us. He is closer than our breath, and yet the most powerful being in all of existence. He created the galaxies, but His attention is undeservedly directed towards His beloved humanity. Jesus calls us throughout scripture to give up our lives to Him, for only He knows what is best (and our lives belong to Him anyways). He is not just our Lover but our Lord as well, and it is time we treat Him like both.