I have just read a very thought-provoking blog by Andrew Wilson on the way we speak about the Son of God. The original blog is found here.
Andrew quotes from a forthcoming book by Jen Wilkins, Ten Words to live by. In it Jen points out that the gospel writers use the name Jesus to describe the historical person, this is true in the gospels and the sermons recorded in Acts addressing unbelievers. However, everyone else in the gospels calls him teacher or Lord. The only exception is a group of demons who call him Jesus of Nazareth.
Then in the letters Jesus is mentioned 28 times, the title Lord or Christ is mentioned 484 times. 95% of the time a title of respect is used.
I am not surprised by this now it has been brought to my attention, but it was not something that I had considered before.
My 6-year-old granddaughter is told to refer to her teachers by their first names, she goes to a “progressive school”. Being more old fashioned I find this unusual and feel it results in a lack of respect for authority.
What does my habit of mostly speaking of Jesus rather than Lord Jesus or Jesus Christ say? Whilst it recognises the intimacy and friendship that exists, does it display a lack of respect and reverence? Does it bring Christ down to my level rather than acknowledging that he is even now sitting at the right hand with the Father?
Even in writing this blog I have had to resist the temptation to continually describe the Son of God as Jesus!
I have concluded that I need to work harder to break my habit, to get in line with Scripture and to usually refer to the Lord Jesus or Jesus Christ rather than always use the more familiar term Jesus. To offer due reverence and respect to the Son of God.
Something you too might like to ponder.