This brief series will explore comparison and ironies between the Coronation of King Charles III and Jesus Christ the King.
A few centuries ago, the Puritans (not all bad) were famous for saying:
“Christ not man is King!”
It is no surprise to find this slogan on the tomb of Oliver Cromwell.
This is a very special time for us Brits, and I hope it is for those who are not Brits.
Kingship for the people of Israel was never meant to happen.
God wanted them in the Mosaic Law not to desire a human king because God was their King.
Well, they went ahead anyway and anointed Saul.
So for good or ill, the history of the world is littered with Kings and Queens.
Psalm 2 and 110 speak to the ultimate Kingship of Christ,
That it is Jesus who is King over the kingdoms of men and women.
And for most of European history, these kings and queens were crowned under a greater authority: King Jesus.
So here are some comparisons with the coronation next Saturday and the True King.
1. The King makes an oath and places his hand on the Word of God.
He says: “The things which I have here before promised,
I will perform and keep, so help me God.”
This action and promise is subordinate to the spiritual reality;
That God the Father sends God the Son, in the oath of a covenant, to become the Word of God made flesh (Jn 1:14).
Jesus also kept his promise and he did “perform and keep” it:
“I glorified you on earth having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.” (Jn 17:4)
Then the King is presented with a Bible with these words:
“This is the most valuable thing that this world affords.”
The economic value of the leather and ink is not that valuable.
But the spiritual reality is simply unfathomable.
The prophet amos knew this when he warned:
“Behold, the days are coming, when I will send a famine, not of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the LORD.” (Amos 8:11)
We do not want to be a people or a nation or a culture where, as in Samuels day:
“The word of the LORD was rare in those days.” (1 Sam 3:1)