THE KING’S SPEECH

On Sunday evening Britain watched, the Commonwealth watched, America watched – the world listened as Queen Elizabeth 2nd made a rare speech in an hour of national and international emergency. Her words were thoughtful, comforting and inspiring. She praised the NHS and other key workers, she commended the spirit of this generation, she gently encouraged us to stay indoors, she asked us to use the time for prayer and meditation and she finished with a rather heart felt flourish borrowing from a war time theme, “We’ll meet again”.

While the words of such an exceptional lady, as Queen Elizabeth 2nd certainly is, are important, there is one, who is the King of Kings whose words are infinitely more important.

Sadly the world does not pause to listen out for His voice.

Peter, James and John were given a glimpse of Christ’s glory as He was transfigured on the mountain. They witnessed a great cloud which overshadowed the scene and they heard the voice of God, “This my beloved Son, hear ye him.”

We do not have to wait for the words of our heavenly monarch being relayed via the media outlets of this world. Here is one whose words are on the page of Scripture, completely relevant for every circumstance in which we find ourselves.

After descending the mountain the disciples, were taught in a memorable way the importance of hearing Christ’s words. The nine disciples who were left behind were powerless to help. The situation was desperate. A loving Father was desperately pleading for help. His son would self harm, throwing himself into the fire and water, being overwhelmed by the power of a demon.

But where the disciples failed Christ succeeded. In response to the plea of the desperate father, “Lord I believe help though my unbelief”, Christ commanded the demon to depart. And the boy was cured.

Let us hear Christ today as the father, whom Christ helped did, in the story did:

“If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”

Words of sympathy and encouragement from an earthly monarch, who is motivated by a strong sense of her duty towards her people are good, but words of grace and power from our heavenly king are better. And He makes a promise that no mortal can ever make – “All things are possible to him that believeth”. Feeling our weakness we must cry out, as the father did, “Help thou mine unbelief”.

The Queen completed her speech with the words, ”We’ll meet again”.

Yes, we are all looking forward to meeting once again, our loved ones and friends and and we do long for the time when we can fellowship with God’s people again in worship.

But above we know there is a glorious day when our heavenly King will come to earth, uniting us for eternity in that land where suffering and death will be no more.

Because our King said:

“I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

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