by Patti Richter
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness. Isaiah 61:10 ESV
Ten years ago, a thousand vessels paraded up the River Thames under dark and rainy skies to mark the Queen of England’s 60-year, Diamond Jubilee. The spectacular flotilla in 2012 included Queen Elizabeth II herself on a royally decorated barge, surrounded by family members and a thousand flowers from her own garden. Throngs of celebrants gathered along the banks of the seven-mile route through London for the biggest river event in England in around 350 years.
This year marks the Queen’s 70-year, Platinum Jubilee, which makes her the longest-reigning British monarch in history. The celebration will last all year, with most official events planned for early June.
The word jubilee comes from a Hebrew word meaning “ram” or “ram’s horn.” It’s a call to celebrate—with thanksgiving. It was God’s idea to observe special times.
Though these commemorations belong to the realms of the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth, much of the world wants in on the celebrations, too. We’ll surely view some of the events on television and online—royal watching, or simply catching the news.
We’re captivated by crowns and carriages, silks and satins. Why is that?
While the British monarchy may be good for the UK’s national pride and economy, it serves to represent something infinitely greater. On their coronation day, kings and queens of England are anointed with holy oil. They further receive a symbolic robe of righteousness. These monarchs serve as figureheads of God’s sovereign power.
The rest of us, commoners, stand along the roadways of life, hoping for a glimpse of grandeur. And no wonder we crave it, for we were created for a kingdom!
We have a King who loves us, not as mere spectators of his majesty, but as partakers. The Lord our God has invited us to come into his banquet; and he has supplied the proper attire: a robe of righteousness (Revelation 7:9; 19:6-9), and cleansed us with holy water (Ephesians 5:25-26).
Our King offers to share his kingdom with whoever will come, whoever will believe in him (John 3:16; Revelation 3:20). Jesus has gone to prepare a place for us (John 14:2), and he will return in the clouds—probably not dark and rainy ones—to take us there someday (Revelation 1:5-7).
And we will celebrate our King for eternity.
This article is brought to you by the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA).
About the author: Patti Richter lives in north Georgia with her husband, Jim. She is a freelance journalist and long-time faith columnist at BlueRibbonNews.com with more than four hundred published articles.
Patti is the co-author of the award-winning Signs of His Presence—Experiencing God’s Comfort in Times of Suffering. It is the story of Luann Mire, whose godly husband was blindsided by an indictment due to a former employer’s tax fraud. The resulting prison sentence and restitution took the once joyful couple into a long season of suffering as they fought judicial tyranny. Helpless to change her situation, Luann endured a painful examination of her life and found God faithful to His promises.
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