Announcing the Great King

When Queen Elizabeth II slipped from this life in September of 2022, the U.K. crown went to her eldest son, Charles.

God Save the Queen immediately became God Save the King, and a series of formal actions were initiated to announce the new head of the land.

One of those was for various clerks in different governmental bodies to stand before gathered assemblies and announce the shift of power from mother to son. The live broadcasts on YouTube ran nonstop for hours as the various traditions, laws, and necessary formalities were checked off one by one.

Something similar occurred several thousand years ago, in which one ruler offered up subservience to another even mightier than he.

2 Chronicles 20:5-6 tells a portion of the story.

“And Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court, and said, ‘O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none is able to withstand you.’”

Here’s the thing. Jehoshaphat was the king, but he was facing the Moabites, the Ammonites, and a smattering of the Meunites. They were out for blood, and Jehoshaphat wasn’t sure he could best them.

He hoped to appeal to a higher authority.

Here’s what we need to get out of this. When we are weak, when the worst thing we can imagine has come against us, when we don’t know how to find our way out of our troubles, there’s one more powerful than we are.

The Romans thought they could kill Jesus two thousand years ago, but no! The chain of command didn’t go anywhere. It remained unbroken, with the family of God firmly in control.

If we, like the clerks in the U.K. governmental hierarchy, will stand before the world and proclaim Jesus as our spiritual king, there’s no telling where the church can go from here.

All hail the King, lift up the Lord, and proclaim his majesty before all creation. And we’re not talking Charles, here. We are proclaiming Jesus to everyone who will hear.

Jesus is our King, and none can withstand his power and might.

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