Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5b-6 (KJV)
Prince Charles of Great Britain has turned 60.
According to the Associated Press, the good prince has spent 56 years waiting to become King. It's a position he can only receive when his mother steps down -- or dies.
From all recent reports, Elizabeth the II is not ready to do either.
This means the prince will have to keep on waiting, and he will keep growing older.
Some royal-watchers have suggested Charles might not make team captain until he is somewhere around the age of 80. Others have intimated he will never be the head honcho. Indeed, these spectators believe the prince might decide to step aside and turn the crown over to his kids.
In short, Prince Charles might always stay just where he is.
Thankfully, you and I don't have to wait that long to become kings. The book of Revelation is quite clear: we have already been made monarchs. If you doubt me, take a look at what it says.
While you can read the quote above, a paraphrase might say this: give glory to Jesus for having loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood. By Him, we have been made, quite unexpectedly, quite undeservedly, kings and priests unto God and His Father.
Understand, like the prince, for us to be made kings someone had to die. That "someone" was none other than God's only Son, Jesus. So we might be forgiven, saved, made kings, the Christ willingly offered Himself.
Now, because of His death and resurrection, no longer is Satan our master; no longer is death our fearful enemy.
Because of the conquering and ever-living Christ, we are kings.
Now that's kind of a pleasant thought, isn't it?
THE PRAYER: Dear Savior, for having given Your life so I might be freed of sin, and released from the slavery of Satan, my deepest thanks. By Your grace, Your gift, and Your sacrifice, I am made a king in Your divine dominion of heaven. May I live out my days praising You for what You have done and waiting for Your return. In Your Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries