No one does pomp and circumstance quite like Great Britain! Witnessing royal weddings became worldwide sport when Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding was broadcast around the globe in 1981. Subsequent royal weddings have drawn lesser audiences, but still have the flare that only English royalty can bring!
Now, that royal prince is king, and what a celebration the Brits had on May 6 when a very royally-scripted coronation played out on televisions around the world! With pageantry not seen in 70 years, King Charles III ascended the throne previously occupied by his beloved mother, Queen Elizabeth, for those 7 decades.
The golden carriage, the Royal Guards in their bearskin “caps” (as the British call them), the precision of planning, and the tightly scripted oaths and promises indeed set a Royal Coronation apart from most other commemorations on earth. It is splendid, and it is totally British.
But as lovely and impressive as a royal event is, it pales in comparison to the coronation of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Yes, I’m talking about Jesus, our soon-coming King! He entered the world in the humblest fashion…born of a virgin, in a stable among sheep fields. That coronation day consisted of a few shepherds who found their way to the Christ-child and gave praise and glory to Him.
He later rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Not exactly the style of royalty! He came the first time to sacrifice His life for our sin. In humility, He came to serve and not be served. Interestingly, King Charles quoted that statement during his coronation, but is the as far as the similarities go? I think not, though King Charles is far from King of King and Lord of Lords!
One day soon, Jesus our King will come again, and His Coronation Day will make Great Britain’s version seem like child’s play! Forget the pomp and circumstance as we know it. God Himself has redefined it, and when heaven opens, oh what a display it will be!
11 Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12 His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13 He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND~Revelation 19:11-16
LORD OF LORDS.
Our warrior King will have unfinished business when He returns! His appearance will set the stage for the grand coronation when ultimately every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. The coronation script continues in Revelation 20, describing a 1,000-year reign in which He invites us (believers in Him) to reign with Him!
Then, Revelation 21 goes on to describe the new heaven and new earth when all things will be made new! The New Jerusalem will become our forever home, and the glory of it will be beyond our imaginations.
But we’ll end with our focus on Revelation 22, the last chapter of the last book of the Bible. The Apostle John, now an old man, saw a vision of the river of life as he penned Revelation 22. It was the fruitfulness of a King finally reigning on the throne to which He was destined to ascend. John knew he was seeing the end of time, and how it will all play out, so beginning in verse 6, he lets us know that the time is near!
7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! …12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” …20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”~Revelation 22:7, 12-13, 20
To which we reply:
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. …Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!~Revelation 22:17, 20
Indeed, the coronation of King Jesus will be the grandest event ever…and everyone who puts their faith in Him will celebrate that day with Him!
Have you put your faith in King Jesus, or are you hung up on the “kings” of this world? Put no faith in anything man does, but in everything God does. He sent His Son to this earth, born in a lowly manger and riding on a donkey, to ultimately die on a cross for your sins and mine. But that lowly Savior will come again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Trust Him today and commit your life to Him!