How can I write in a few words the thoughts of my heart when it is full of longing and anticipation for Jesus and His Kingdom?
It isn’t just because I just watched the coronation of King Charles. It was awesome, full of pageantry, music, singing, commitment, marching with men and women from every walk of life. I think it’s because the whole ceremony reminded me of Jesus:
King Charles wore a heavy crown with costly jewels;
Jesus wore a crown of thorns.
King Charles gained the throne by inheritance;
Jesus was assigned the kingdom by His heavenly Father (Luke 22:29).
King Charles and his queen will live in luxury;
Jesus had no place to lay his head, but now sits enthroned at the right hand of God.
Jesus came not to be served, but to give his life as a ransom by dying a cruel death, becoming sin that we could be forgiven.
King Charles is a flawed human as we all are.
Jesus was and is blameless in every way.
In the next few days, there will be many street parties throughout the U.K. But for us, “the Lord Almighty will prepare for all the nations a feast of choice meat, a feast of aged wine.” (Isaiah 25:5-6)
I loved hearing the gospel in the ceremony. Men and women in Westminster Abbey, thronging the streets of London, and millions all over the world who watched on TV, all heard the good news through music and sermon. Watching the whole ceremony drew my thoughts to what is going on in heaven at this moment.
Jesus now sitting at the right hand of God receives praise, because “Our Lord and God, you are worthy to receive glory and honor and power because you have created all things, and by your will they exist and were created.” (Revelation 4:11)
AND THE BEST IS STILL TO COME
“For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout with the archangel’s voice and with the trumpet of God and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are still alive who are left, will be caught up together to meet the Lord the LORD in the air and so we will always be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:16,17)
THERE IS MORE
A new order, new heaven, a new earth . . . . God will wipe away every tear from our eyes, death will be no more, grief, crying, and pain will be no more. (Revelation 21:4)
The one seated on the throne says, ”Behold, I am making all things new.” (Revelation 21:5)
So, what do we do with all this truth?
We live “in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation” but we are called to “shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life” (Philippians 4:15-16).
We do this by faith in the One who died, rose again, and now sits at the right hand of the Father!
NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD
No one likes to feel weak. Just thinking about our inadequate resources can fill us with fear and hopelessness. But Rose Marie Miller has a different perspective. For her true weakness is a gift born out of a deep sense of need, it drives us to Christ and unleashes all the redeeming energy of God’s grace in our lives and others.