Saturday, April 30, 2011

Heirs To The Throne

I confess that I was one of the two billion people who tuned in for the royal wedding. I was not up at 4:00 a.m. to catch the beginning but tuned in just as the final guests were arriving and Princes' William and Harry were on their way to Westminster Abbey. The royal wedding was everything that commentators hoped it would be and in some cases it exceeded expectations. Reporters were constantly referring to the event as a "fairy tale" wedding.  Spectators stated that Kate's experience was what every little girl dreams of, which is finding her prince and becoming a princess. The point was also repeatedly made that Kate Middleton was no longer a "commoner" (a word that seems to define someone as a second class citizen) but now she is Her Royal Highness, the Duchess of Cambridge. "Commoners" are now expected to bow to her. However, while others pined away somewhat envious of the gorgeous bride and her equally handsome prince, it struck me that believers in Jesus Christ are royalty. In fact we have been royalty for longer than the British Monarchy has been in existence. We are the bride of a King and that King is Jesus. Moreover we are co-heirs with Christ. Listen to what the Scriptures tell us about our royal identity. "Now if we are His children, then we are heirs---heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory." (Romans 8:17) "If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise." (Galatians 3:29) "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of the darkness into His marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9) italics mine. We will also inherit an eternal kingdom, "I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:2-3) The great part is that God's kingdom will have no end, it is everlasting. Unlike Prince William and Princess Catherine there will be no need to produce an heir to the throne. We don't have to envy the British royal family because we already belong to a royal family. We can hold our heads up high and declare we are princes' and princesses of the King. Try putting that royal title in front of your name! Rejoice, the Lord is King!
Blessings in the name of King Jesus!
"Princess" Sheree

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