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Written by R.W.Cothern   

May 15, 1953

This week the very air is fused with the glittering pomp and pageantry of the crowning of England's Queen. Her palace was the three acres of stately stone and glass called Buckingham Palace; a house of 600 rooms, one third of which is vacant the year around; a massive labyrinth of halls and galleries, in which a former Queen was lost for three hours and had to be rescued by the frightened guards.

There is the throne room with its white walls richly ornamented with gold: the blue drawing room, the hospital room, the 150 foot glass-roofed gallery, three miles of plush rugs: one thousand clocks, that require ten servants fulltime to keep wound, and that is only a few of the items common to this great structure, which requires 200 servants; 74 permanent guards, 24 sentries, and 50 policemen daily.

This week the Queen of this palace was crowned "Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain" Etc. and over here in the good, old U. S. A. the merchant, salesman labor, the farmer and the ranchman, add their bit to the cheering throng and say with the crowd "long live the Queen."

Good sports that they are, they will forget the millions of unpaid "lend-lease" and the staggering sum of the Marshall Plan" and the "Bundles for British" and some will pay $68 for a board to sit on to see the Queen pass by.

But I am thinking this morning of a king that came to this earth in poverty. Who was born in a lowly manger, fled the terror of a cruel ruler, and then returned lo live as the son of a carpenter in a little common town composed common people. Early in life, he went about teaching his own everlasting gospel, administering to sick, the poor and the blind. He walked over the stony hills and dales of Palestine with tired feet and worn sandals; he knew what it meant to be tired, hungry, and lonely. He was a man of sorrow and acquainted with grief; was unpopular with the religious world, and often sought for his friends among the common fishermen and poor worker: around Galilee.

This King "made himself of no reputation'' that he might live on earth the life of a man, tho he was the Son of God. He kept the law that man was not able to keep, and gave His lift on Calvary, not to make a way possible for our salvation, but his sacrifices put away our sins FOREVER. And He loved us with an everlasting love and he has all power both in heaven and in earth. And O how secure his people feel in hisI hands! This Jesus was crucified with thieves, but arose and ascended into the heaven to his Father. And John saw the Coronation of this King in the Courts of Heaven. He was the "Lion of the Tribe of Judah" who prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof. The fate of all God's chosen people were sealed in this book, and John wept --yes he wept much, when he saw that none could be found able to open it! We would all be weeping today like John if Jesus had not been found worthy to open the book and loosen the seals.

Oh what a friend we have in Jesus! He is soon to return to earth, as King of kings and Lord of lords; His stately procession will not be through the streets of any earthly city. but through the universe of stars and planets His own hands created "and all the holy angels will be with Him." He will not have to depend on television for "every eye shall see Him." "As the lightening cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Well might Kings and Queens of earth cast their crowns at His feet for He loved us when we were yet sinners, and paid the ransom price for our poor souls with his own blood.

At the coronation of this King the entire Court of Heaven fell down at his feet to worship him, they sang a new song, saying thou art worthy to take the book, and to loose the seals thereof, for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God out of every kindred, tongue and nation and: hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth." (Rev. 5:9).

The poor, distressed and unpopular Old Primitive Baptists are the only people I know of that are singing that new song "Thou Art Worthy. The religionists of this world feel that they have at least done just a little some thing to merit their salvation, and are claiming a little of the worthiness.

Have we a right to claim any of his glory? The angels of heaven didn't. No! There were ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands, crying with a loud voice "Worthy is the lamb that was slain, to relieve riches, wisdom, and power; strength, honor, glory and blessing. O King, live forever.

R. W. Cothern

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