Sunday, January 21, 2024

Not my King!

All photos courtesy of Unsplash 

The coronation of King Charles III was watched by a peak TV audience of around 20 million viewers in the UK, while many thousands lined the route of the royal procession in London, supervised by 11,500 police officers. Inside Westminster Abbey just over two thousand guests, including Presidents, Prime Ministers and Kings and Queens from other nations, respectfully watched the ceremony. The steadily falling rain could not dampen the spirits of the crowds, many of whom had camped out for hours to secure a prime location from which to get the best possible view of the pomp and pageantry.

While so many were eager to be present and show their appreciation and support for the King, there was a comparatively small but vocal number of protesters who left no one in any doubt that they had absolutely no respect for the man who was going to Westminster Abbey to be crowned King. They held their placards aloft with a simple, unambiguous message inscribed on them: “Not my King”. They wanted to make it abundantly clear that they had no allegiance to this Monarch and no love for the Royal Family. Their boos and chants were drowned out by the overwhelmingly larger numbers who joined in the singing of the National Anthem and cheered enthusiastically as the procession moved past.A similar scene was enacted almost two thousand years ago, but on a much grander scale. Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor, was interrogating a prisoner in Whom he could find no fault and therefore he was unwilling to punish Him and desired to release Him. He said to the multitudes of Jews who had thronged the narrow streets of Jerusalem outside the Praetorium, the Governor’s palace where he conducted many trials, “Behold your King!” John 19.14. The immediate response, without delay or dissent, from the amassed crowds was, “Away with Him, away with Him, crucify Him … We have no king but Caesar” John 19.15. The loud, angry voices conveyed a unanimous message of total rejection of this King, the Son of God. Shortly afterwards that innocent, sinless Man Whom the world refused was led, cross-laden and thorn-crowned, to Golgotha, to be put to death by the most cruel and violent method of execution: crucifixion. This world is stained with the blood of Christ and is guilty of His murder.

The amazing aspect of it all is that the Lord Jesus never complained or protested His innocence for He knew that only by His death, bearing the punishment of sins that we had committed, could salvation for guilty sinners be provided and God’s righteousness be upheld. Because of that voluntary but undeserved death we can be pardoned though guilty, for “Christ died for our sins” 1Corinthians 15.3.

Some of the anti-monarchy protesters were arrested to prevent them from disrupting the day’s events and were detained for several hours, but beyond that no further action was taken. It was therefore deemed not a serious crime to reject the newly-crowned King Charles III, but it is most costly to say no to Christ. He is the only Saviour of sinners and without Him you have no hope of Heaven. You can escape the consequences of your sins only by accepting the Lord Jesus as your personal Saviour. What a momentous decision rested on Pilate’s shoulders when he asked, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” Matthew 27.22. It is an individual and inescapable question; its importance cannot be exaggerated; how will you respond?

Immortal life’s in the question,
And joy through eternity:
Then what will you do with Jesus?
O, what shall the answer be?

Used by kind permission of Assembly Testimony 

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