Yesterday the Abbatial question . . . can we safely, can we truly, reject the majestic aspect of our relationship to the King of kings?
As the Son of Man, Jesus came to reveal His Father, and often referred to His Father’s Kingship and Kingdom.
As the Son of God, Jesus treated His Father with all the loving obeisance of a Prince of the Blood.
Where we are most prone to stumble is in the decorations. The trappings of “kings’ palaces,” where neither John nor Jesus were to be found on earth (although Jesus was ushered in before His death,) might dazzle and delight us, might distract us. In another sense, we live not too far away from luxuries and privilege that never entered the minds of the kings of old. Air conditioning! Corvettes! Movie theaters! What monarch of the preceding centuries would not have traded a crown or two . . . perhaps even a small realm or two . . . for the blessings of refrigerated air in summer!
As Jesus made us know that He was going to prepare a place for us, and when, through His death and resurrection He would return and welcome us into the Presence of the Father in His Person, we stop thinking of mere Regalia (royal artifacts for the purpose of coronation, display of majesty, anointing as monarch,) and begin to think in terms of position. Ours is, in Christ, at the right hand of the Father. (Colossians 3:1, 2)
Apart from Jesus, even the most glorious potentates on earth can never presume to dwell upon that throne. We are admonished never to relinquish it, and in fact of Jesus finished work and faith by grace, we need not. Jesus, King of kings and Lord of lords, displayed the majesty of Sonship, and gave us power so to become. We must find the reality of our royal heritage, for our Father is none other than the King Who Reign on High.