Over the last ten days, one particular event has taken much of the media attention and Monday will be a day where all eyes will be on this event. Of course this event is the death of England’s Queen Elizabeth II, who was much beloved by many all over the world. The pomp and circumstance has been something to watch and frankly has been unrivaled in our modern day. People are waiting 12+ hours to file pass her coffin. People are leaving tributes all over London in honor of the queen. In fact, Monday will even be a bank holiday for her funeral at Westminster Abbey.
Throughout all of the coverage and what I have seen, I can’t help but wonder why we put so much adoration into one human being. Yes, she was Queen and in general was a very good person, however, she was still a person. We have a tendency to do this with anyone we look up to – royalty, sports stars, celebrities, politicians, etc. However, what if we truly gave that same attention to the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords?
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:11-16
Friends, we serve the God of the Universe who sent His Son to die on a cross. He was buried and was resurrected on the third day. He is living today and as 1 Timothy reminds us is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! He is the only King who is living who has been resurrected from the grave. All others will pass away at some time, but Jesus remains the same yesterday, today, and forever! What if we gave the pomp and circumstance to our God by living our lives in a way that draws others unto God in whom they can find true eternal life through His Son Jesus.
May we keep the right things the main things in the days ahead.
Serving Jesus Joyfully Together,
~ Pastor Todd