John 5:21-23 (Your Honor, My Lord)

Honor Edit

For just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him. (John 5:21-23)

Read: 1 Samuel 22:1-23, Psalm 57, Psalm 142

Relate: All over the world, each in their various languages, those who sit in the judges chair are referred to in one of two ways. It is either, “Your honor” or “My Lord”. If I understand it correctly, in the UK, both titles are used depending on whether one is facing a higher court judge or a lower circuit judge. Have you ever wondered, why do we say your honor but my Lord? While browsing through looking up the history of judges, I saw this question on ask.com. Their answer was, “There’s no consistent, ordered linguistic reason for this; honorifics are formulaic and archaic, and reflect the particular milieu of their origin more than anything about the language.”

Piece of advice, don’t ever use ask.com. This isn’t the first time I’ve noticed that one of their answers is clueless. Worse than that, it is just plain wrong. To find the answer isn’t all that hard, just look at what is being addressed. Honor belongs to the judge. It is his and it is my responsibility to recognize it. So I would say, “your honor”. On the other hand “lord” is a position of authority. Lord represents power and authority. I recognize the power of the judge to make a decision regarding my case and I will abide by his decision. I will allow him to “lord” his power over me. Therefore he is my lord.

React: Either way, both honorifics belong to God. Jesus is our Judge, and we have a responsibility not just to honor His decisions but to give honor to Him. It is His already given by the Father and all we are doing is recognizing that truth. He is also our Lord. He has all authority, dominion, and power. He is Lord, but He is also my Lord. I belong to Him. You do too, whether you are willing to admit it or not.

Respond: 

(This song goes way back to the first worship CD I ever purchased. Well, it was actually a casette tape but still… Rather than write out a prayer, just listen and join in with what Ron Kenoly is crying out.)

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4 thoughts on “John 5:21-23 (Your Honor, My Lord)

  1. Dear TwoRivers, I completely agree with what you shared. It is sad but true. The world will only give honour to each other. It’s like what Jesus said, “”A prophet is without honor except in his own home.” It is clear that this world is not our home and the world will always prefer one another. Only those of us who know the LORD ,can truly honour our Heavenly Father. The highest form of honoring our LORD is found in John 4:23&24,”But the hour cometh,and now is, the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the
    Father seeketh such to worship
    Him. GOD is a Spirit, and
    they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.

  2. Reblogged this on born2xdie1x's Blog and commented:
    Very good post. The world we live in is losing the honoring of GOD with every year that goes by. It hurts us as Christian’s, because the Holy Spirit grieves with us because i GOD is Holy and deserves nothing less than honor from those He created.

  3. Pingback: Your Honor. My Lord | The Crusty Old Sailor Speaks

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