We called the street lighting on the street where I grew up ‘gaslamps.’ They weren’t, and they probably never had been, but the label was passed on from a few generations ago, and we used it quite happily, not noticing the irony, or even questioning it.
They were the things we used as wickets, the things people threw bicycle tyres over, just part of the scenery.
Likewise, our street was a Street, linked to ours was a Crescent, which in turn attached to a Road, but if you took the cut through, you found yourself on an Avenue. We attach our own symbolism to these labels, inadvertently, and can be quite surprised when our attention is brought to what they are supposed to mean. I’m not sure, for example, if Angus Avenue did have any trees on it!
So what about Christ? and Lord? We can think they are just alternative names for Jesus, but they are not. They are more akin to titles, but then that doesn’t tell the whole story. They are labels that point to an unexpected reality – a contract, a relationship is probably nearer to it. Unexpected in that it is so simply life transforming.
You can attach your own meaning to Jesus – people do. But it actually works the other way. You have to accept him as Lord and Christ, even if you’re not sure what that means, and for that to kick in, before you do start to comprehend Jesus. And that starts to change your preconceptions – you need to be prepared for that, you know!