And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom, there will be no end. Luke 1: 33.
Today, amidst much pomp, ceremony, and fanfare Prince Charles was crowned King of the United Kingdom. I joined hundreds of millions worldwide to watch history take place, and what a moment it was. This one-day event took 14 months of planning, and you could see that everything was done with precision and accuracy that was second to none.
Coronation ceremonies in the United Kingdom date back to 1066 and will continue until the end of time, with the next in line to the throne patiently waiting for their turn to sit on the coveted throne. To date, Prince Charles was the longest royal in waiting, having waited almost 70 years for this moment.
As I listened to news anchors and correspondents give their take on the ceremony, they asked what kind of King King Charles would be. How different will his rulership be from his late Mom, Queen Elisabeth? So many unknowns and questions that they will only get the answers to with time.
Something else I noticed was the list of persons not invited to the special event. Apart from the masses who camped out for days and could only watch from the sidelines, there were several persons who, according to the news, were snubbed and deliberately not invited to the grand occasion.
From where I sat almost four thousand miles away, I could only get as close as my television set would allow me. And even If I had flown to the UK for the big event, I too would have been part of the masses, watching the entire thing unfold from the sidelines, trying to get as close as possible to the balcony to get a glimpse of the royal family. One thing is sure, since no one lives forever, whether ten, twenty, or thirty years from now, many more such ceremonies will take place, and monarchs will pass the baton from one monarch to another.
Luke 1: 33 reminds us that the Kingdom of God will never end, and he will reign forever. There is no question about who he is and how he will rule since he is the same yesterday, today, and forever and will NEVER change. From the beginning of time until time is no more- God is.
The big difference between God’s Kingdom and what I watched today is how welcoming God’s Kingdom is. For God so loved the world, that he gave him only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). This is an open invitation for anyone from any walk of life to have an opportunity to be a part of God’s glorious Kingdom. Not watching from the sidelines, no snubs, no VIP seats, but an invitation that will get anyone directly into the throne room and right into the presence of the KING OF KINGS.
The KING of KINGS knows me; he knows my name and the amount of hair on my head. He reminds me in Hebrews 13:5 that he will never leave or forsake me, giving me a sense of hope and comfort living in a world filled with so many uncertainties. I understand from the ceremony that The King of the United Kingdom has no real power but much influence. The KING of KINGS has both power AND influence, which is another reason I am choosing to stick with the KING of KINGS.
He reigns forever in power and might. He loves me and has a plan and purpose for my life, and one day I will reign in Heaven with him.
The intention of this message is in no way to discredit the beautiful moment in history which took place today but rather to remind us that while we may not have had the opportunity to be a part of King Charles’s coronation, we have an open invitation to the Kingdom of Heaven.
I conclude by sharing Rev 4: 10-11 “The twenty-four elders fall before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
“You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things,
And by Your will, they exist and were created.”
Today I believe my life is my crown, and I choose to use it for the rest of my life to crown the King of Kings whose reign and Kingdom will never end.