The following is an excerpt from What Did Jesus Ask?, edited by Elizabeth Dias and published by TIME Books.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?”—Luke 6:46
This is a serious question for Jesus.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven,” Jesus said in Matthew’s Gospel, “but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
In Scripture, when something is repeated, especially a name, it shows an emotional connection, a deeper sense of meaning. When David mourned over his son’s death, he cried, “Absalom, Absalom.” There was a sense of passion behind that.