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Written by R.W.Cothern   

The Baptist Trumpet--1953

I am thinking this morning of a King that came to this earth m poverty. Who was born in a lowly manger; fled the terror of a cruel ruler, and then returned to live as the son of a carpenter, in a little common town, composed of common people. Early in life he went about teaching his own everlasting Gospel,

administering to the 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 workers around Galilee.

This King "made Himself of no reputation" that He might live on earth the life of a man, though He was the Son of God. He kept the Law that man was not able to keep, and gave his life on Calvary, not to make a way possible for our salvation, but His sacrifice put away our sins FOREVER, and He loved us "with an everlasting love," and he has "all power both in heaven and earth," and how secure his people feel in His hands! This Jesus was crucified with thieves, but arose and ascended into 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 up in this book and John wept...yes he wept MUCH, when be saw that none could be found able to open it! We would all be weeping like John today if Jesus had not been found worthy to open the book, and loose the seals.

O 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 corning of the Son of man be."

Well might the 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. "And 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 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 something 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 receive riches; wisdom, and power; strength; honor; glory; and blessing."

O King, live forever!

R. W. Cothern

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