Two Coronation Days: Past and Future

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ONE of the most important events in the annals of British history took place on June 22. It is almost beyond words to do justice to a description of the magnificence and splendor of the Coronation of King George the Fifth. The season was one of a brilliance unequaled in the past, when countless multitudes of every race and creed and color, knit into one people by the bond of common sovereignty, paid glad homage the world over to their monarch.
The King was presented to the assembled people, and the crown was placed upon his head, because he was the rightful heir. Invested with the royal robe His Majesty took his place upon the throne of his ancestors, and, with one heart and one voice, his people crowned him king.
In thinking of this ceremony, our minds are turned to another scene, yet future, when the Lord Jesus Christ will be crowned as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. When He was upon this earth, men cast a slur upon His blessed name and cried out: "We will not have this Man to reign over us." They made it known that they would have no king but Caesar. They did not want Him, and they would not have Him. The Lord Jesus Christ was the most despised amongst men, but “God ... hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow... and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil. 2:9-11) He came from heaven's brightest glory to voice the love of God amongst men, and, in order to fully express the heart of God, He went down into death. He has died, "the Just for the unjust, that He might bring its to God." (1 Peter 3:18.)
All the judgment due to sin has been met, and so thoroughly has He satisfied the claims of divine justice that God has raised Him from amongst the dead. Amid the acclamations of angelic hosts, He has risen to that seat of supremacy, which He now occupies in the heavens. He is there as a Prince and a Savior. A Prince—because very soon He will take up the government of His kingdom, and "He shall have dominion... from the river unto the ends of the earth." (Psa. 72:8.) The knowledge of His glory shall also fill the earth as the waters cover the sea.
To-day He is a Savior. His salvation is offered to the guiltiest person on the earth. None are too vile for the Savior. Satan is the god and prince of this age, but the Lord Jesus is gathering a people to Himself, and very soon they shall share in His glory. From all parts of the world they shall gather—one glorious company to ascribe praise to Him who is so worthy.
I would ask you, reader, will you be in that company? If you turn to the Savior for the forgiveness of your sins now, you shall decidedly be there, but if you refuse to bow the knee in the day of His grace you will be banished from His presence forever. I beseech you to trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, and then you will take part in the great Coronation which is yet to come. C. S. R.