Kings and Queens, and Castle Dreams

I spent most of last week dreaming about kings and castles and everything “medieval.”  Our church is having a medieval banquet in November and my friend Debby and I are in charge of pulling it all together.  We have ordered materials to turn our gym into a castle.  We’ve poured over websites that sell inexpensive costumes for some of the key players who will be in attendance—a king and queen, court jester, minstrel, lords, ladies and knight and so on.  We have an awesome menu planned, striving to stay close to what and how people of that time period would have eaten.  We are still working on pulling together a fun program and great entertainment.  Debby is an awesome partner with whom to work.  She is extremely talented in decorating and cares as much about the little details as I do.  She is passionate about making the banquet an evening to remember for everyone who attends.

The theme of our banquet is “Majesty.”  Our goal is to focus on the majesty and glory of our Lord God.  We chose I Chronicles 29:11 as our key verse–“Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.”  There will be a lot of fun and laughter throughout the program, but in the end we hope we all will go home rejoicing in the worship and exaltation of the true King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Earthly kings and queens and kingdoms have and will all pass away.  Throughout the ages, those in power who reveled in their own strength and supremacy will ultimately find their authority and dominance have crumbled and washed away like sand castles on the shore.  Jeremiah 13:18 says, “Say unto the king and to the queen, Humble yourselves, sit down: for your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory.”

The Bible tells us that someday Jesus will return to this earth upon a white horse and with His army to fight the final battle to end Satan’s power.  Revelation 19 tells us, “And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”  (v. 16) He will create a new heaven and a new earth and finally “…the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.   (Rev 21:24), acknowledging that there is no one other than the King of Kings who is worthy to receive honor and glory.  Revelation 4:11 tells us, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

When you read the book of Revelation you will be struck with the very different view of Christ that we see compared to His appearance in His first coming to earth two thousand years ago.  He came the first time as the Son of God and Son of Man, a servant and a sacrifice for us.  In His second coming He is not the humble, dark haired man we think of, but the Judge and King, white-haired and ablaze with glory.  And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.  (Revelation 1:13-18)  When I finally realized that Jesus in Heaven does not sit on the throne at the right hand of the Father as that meek and humble Man, but as the glorified King, I began to visualize him differently as I approached the throne in prayer.  Seeing Him in that way makes it even more awesome and humbling that I have the privilege to come to Him at any time.

We are planning to use the chorus “Majesty” throughout our medieval banquet.  Rather than directing glory to earthly kings of any time period, we want our worship to center on Jesus, King of King and Lord of Lords!

Majesty worship His Majesty
Unto Jesus, be all glory,
Power and praise
Majesty, Kingdom authority
Flow from His throne,
Unto his own, His anthem raise.

So exalt, lift up on high
The Name of Jesus
Magnify, come glorify,
Christ Jesus the King
Majesty, worship His Majesty
Jesus who died, now glorified,
King of all Kings.

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