No country does the pageantry of royalty better than Britain. The new monarch arrives in regal procession, following the Lord’s High Steward with St. Edward’s solid gold crown, later to be invested with the golden spurs, royal glove, golden orb, and golden scepter.
How different was Jesus’ royal ride around the Mount of Olives into Jerusalem. His mount was a donkey colt, a small animal that would barely have lifted his head above the crowd. And yet so many people in that crowd recognized him as royalty that they got a chant started: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Luke 19:38).
The royal robe awaiting him was only an old Roman army cloak; the scepter he was given was a puny reed; the crown put on his head was made of thorns. The blood that came down his face was both the blood of a man and the blood of God, powerful to purchase and redeem.
The Mount of Olives served as another important royal coronation procession. It was from that very place that the resurrected Christ ascended into heaven. His humility is now replaced with glory; his attendants are now ten thousand times ten thousand angels; his presence and Spirit fill the universe; he rules all things for the benefit of his brothers and sisters. Through faith, you are royalty too. Heavenly royalty.
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