A King is Crowned
9th May 2023
Last weekend, we celebrated the coronation of King Charles III and Queen Camilla. It was also the weekend of Christ the Worker. In one way, it’s annoying that the two events should coincide, but it is also appropriate that we think of the coronation of an earthly King in light of the King of Kings. There is much that Charles can learn from Jesus’s humility
“Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7 rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV)
We saw the King pledging himself to a life of serving the countries of the UK and the commonwealth. There was a moving moment when King Charles removed all his finery and stood in a linen shirt behind a screen, in privacy, to be anointed with holy oil and to become aware of his service not only to the people, but to God.
In one way, that is the anointing of us all, to serve our Heavenly Father in our work and in our lives.