Blog - May 2023: God Save the King
Three days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II; Prince Charles then Prince of Wales was proclaimed King Charles III. On 6th May 2023 King Charles III will be crowned at Westminster Abbey London. The coronation is a symbolic religious ceremony during which a sovereign is crowned by the physical act of placing a crown of gold and jewels on a monarch's head. It also formalises the monarch's role as the supreme governor of the Church of England and marks the transfer of their title and powers. During this ceremony the King is anointed and vows to reign according to law, exercise justice with mercy and maintain the Church of England. The King, with the Sword of State carried before him, will go to the altar and declare: "The things which I have here before promised, I will perform, and keep. So help me God." He will kiss the Bible and sign the Oath. And at the end of the ceremony the shout will go up “God save the King.”
A monarch reign on earth is a temporal one. The God who is called upon is the same God who has been there in the beginning and whose reign is for all of eternity. The same God who has been called upon to save many Kings and Queens in our history. A God who’s only begotten Son Jesus Christ was crowned with a crown of thorns, to wear a cloak of purple cloth to be mocked and beaten. No royal throne to sit upon, but a wooden cross to hang from. No anointing of oils, only an offering of sour wine, and no celebrations shouts, but shouts of abuse. No palace to go to, but a cold cave.
Who would have thought it; that three days later, this man Jesus Christ, the Son of God was to be raised to life as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He died to save us all from sin, he died so that all may live and have eternal life and He ascended to heaven in glory and we await His return.
The Book of Revelations states (ch1)
“Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler
of the Kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his
blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve God and Father to Him
be glory and power for ever and ever.” Amen