30th June 2022

The Royal family

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…
1 Peter 2:9 (NKJV)

As the celebrations of the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II began on Thursday 2 June, many thoughts came to my mind as I watched the main events on the television. It was a perfect day for Her Majesty who at 96 years of age marked the 70th anniversary of her accession as monarch of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. It began with Trooping the colour, in front of thousands of spectators. It was a sea of faces waving flags and cheering. I was moved to write this message as a tribute to Her Majesty. 

Later, on that first day of celebration, and watched by the Royal Family, there was the magnificent sight of the Red Arrows, shooting red, white and blue colours and finishing with the formation of the figure 70, a perfect tribute to the monarch who has served her nation selflessly. There were street parties, bringing communities together, and the musical festival at Buckingham Palace. Finally on Sunday 5 June 5,000 people from across the UK and the Commonwealth took part in a  pageant reflecting seven decades of her reign.

I want to add my personal joy. I was a teenager in 1952 and living in Nairobi at the time of Princess Elizabeth’s tour of Kenya. We were cheering her, standing in a line, as she passed by the route near our school. I am now in England watching on TV this glorious event marking her 70 years of reign. 

As I was mulling over this powerful example of Queen Elizabeth’s long, distinguished reign, it brought to my mind how we Christians are referred to in scripture as ‘a royal priesthood, a holy nation’ (1 Peter 2:9), destined to reign with Christ, not over a temporary kingdom, like the kingdom’s of this world (John 18:36), but over a kingdom that is everlasting (Daniel 7:27).

We are destined to reign with Jesus in a kingdom that is not of this present world but is to be established in a ‘new heaven and a new earth’ (Revelation 21:1), where there will no longer be any tears of sadness, no death, no mourning or pain (v.4). Though we rejoice now and celebrate the long reign of our present Queen, it is a temporary joy. 

But the greatest of joys is still to come, when Jesus returns to reign for all eternity. Then, we will see our Lord and Saviour face to face; our joy will be complete and unconstrained and nothing, and no one, will ever be able to take that joy away. (John 16:22)

Prayer
Abba Father, bless the Queen who has faithfully served us. And thank you, Abba Father, for our coming King of kings and Lord of lords: Jesus Christ, who will reign forever on this earth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Study by Natu Moti

 

About the writer:
Natu Moti is a Deacon in the Birmingham congregation of Grace Communion International.

Local congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
Birmingham B23 7QB

Meeting time:
Saturday 1pm

Local congregational contact:
David Gibbs
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

Word of Life contact:
wordoflife@gracecom.church