24th January 2018

Symbols

“After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, ‘Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.’ And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’”
Luke 22:17-19 (NIV)

On Sunday the 14th of January 2018 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 was seen on television in a documentary about her coronation. One of her many comments was “You can’t see something you are taking part in.” This remark has impact for Christians everywhere. During the programme, many aspects of the royal regalia were featured, their origins and their symbolic significance discussed.

The coronation of the British monarchy spans many centuries and has remained unchanged in format since medieval days. The pageantry and ceremony are resplendent throughout – all carried out with resonant symbolism and meaning. Through these symbols the monarch covenants with God and the nation to be a defender of the faith, use her power for good, have mercy, do justice, and many other declarations as she is anointed during the coronation ceremony. Thus, the monarch dedicates herself to the service of the kingdom.

Jesus Christ the King of Kings – the ultimate monarch has dedicated Himself to we Christians, citizens of the Kingdom of God. Read Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Our spiritual monarch came to this earth to live as we live and to die as a sacrifice that we might live with Him eternally. He has given us symbols of this sacrifice that we may never forget what He did for us. As human beings the magnitude of this sacrifice escapes us—God incarnate dying ingloriously on a cross castigated by those He came to save. His blood and body broken for us are the symbols that we take part in as a memorial of this awesome offering.

Thanks be to God, our Saviour rose from the grave and has been crowned by His Father in heaven, as we read in Hebrews 2:9, “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” The celebration is being prepared, the marriage of Jesus Christ to His church, the event of all times, and you are invited. We will take part in it, we know it is coming and we will see it, all because of the symbols Christ gave us.

Prayer
Heavenly Father, we humbly thank you for your love and mercy for us, the unworthy. Thank you for the incredible sacrifice of your precious and perfect Son, that we may participate in your glorious celebration. Father, we are grateful.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, part of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone: 01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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