How I wish to quote a line from a worship song this past Sunday, but we’ll go with the gist of it instead. All of us are poor beggars, average Joes and Janes, but when we trust King Jesus as our Lord and Savior, He makes us royalty, promising us an eternal home in His heavenly palace.
As a reader and writer of historical fiction, I find this an ultimate irony. King Jesus, the King of all Kings, reaches down from His Palace in the heavenlies, to raise us up with Him. Those privileged to reign in earthly palaces often push those beneath them away (except as servants).
How often love grows between the commoner and the nobility. How often their alliance is forbidden and families shattered. Where is the kind of grace, mercy, and love Jesus offers?
This past Sunday liturgical churches celebrated Christ the King Sunday. A reminder He reigns above all kings and earthly authorities and invites us to come to Him and live like the royalty we are. He’ll never push us away or disown us. We enjoy the privilege of that heavenly royalty forever.
In the coming weeks will we focus on the coming of the Greatest King as a tiny Baby Boy? Will we focus on who we are because He came? Will we recognize those around us as beggars like us, needing His mercy, grace, and love–needing to be invited to meet the King of Kings? How will we extend our King’s invitation to the palace to those who need Him more than any other gift we offer?
But you are a chosen people, set aside to be a royal order of priests, a holy nation, God’s own; so that you may proclaim the wondrous acts of the One who called you out of inky darkness into shimmering light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received it
Copyright 2021, Lynn U. Watson
The songline is from “House of the Lord” by Phil Wickham. Learn more about the song, read the lyrics, and listen here.
Scripture taken from The Voice™. Copyright © 2008 by Ecclesia Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.