Dean Farrar was a privileged personal friend of Queen Victoria though he seldom referred to the distinction. But on the first anniversary of the accession of Edward VII to the throne of England, during the service in Canterbury Cathedral, he told how the Queen, after hearing one of her chaplains preach at Windsor on the second coming of Christ, spoke to the Dean about it and said, “Oh, how I wish that the Lord would come during my lifetime.” “Why does your Majesty feel this very earnest desire?” asked the great preacher. With her queenly countenance lit up with deep emotion she replied, “Because I should so love to lay my crown at His feet.”—Light and Life Quarterly
What an amazing witness, what an amazing confession of faith. For an earthly ruler to understand her place before our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul shows us how different Jesus is from earthly rulers in Philippians 2,
So God raised Him up to the highest place
and gave Him the name above all.
10 So when His name is called,
every knee will bow,
in heaven, on earth, and below.
11 And every tongue will confess
“Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord,”
to the glory of God our Father!
A few quick observations here, the phrase, “every knee should bow and every tongue should confess” draws us to the imagery of the knee and the tongue which stands for worship and confession that Jesus is Lord. At some point in history, the entire world will come to understand what Queen Victoria did, we are not God. We are accountable to a higher power and someday the entire world will confess that Jesus is Lord and the entire world will bow before him in worship. So the first stage of Christ’s presence is his glory.
The second stage is Christ’s humility. Paul says, Christ ‘… made himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross’ (vv. 7–8).
In this political season and at this point I don’t have a dog in this hunt on either side of the political spectrum, a good dose of humility would be welcomed. Christ who had every reason to brag about who he was and his pedigree did not. Notice how he is described by Paul,
6 Although he was in the form of God and equal with God,
he did not take advantage of this equality.
7 Instead, he emptied himself by taking on the form of a servant,
by becoming like other humans,
by having a human appearance.
8 He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death,
death on a cross.
Jesus did not cease to be God but taking on this humble stance since God cannot cease to be God! Instead, he laid aside the glories and riches of heaven to be our Savior, our champion, our Redeemer. So we lay down our earthly crowns before this king who put on a crown of thorns to suffer and die for us and for our sins. And through his sacrifice offers us a crown of Righteousness through faith in Him. All Hail King Jesus.