03 April 2015

Game of Thorns

by Dan Phillips

Tales of kings and kingdoms, real and fictional, characteristically feature intrigue, factions, strategy, and a lot of fighting. This is what makes for exciting reading and viewing: earnest pledges of fealty, intricate plots, the thrilling flash and clash of swords, and rivers of blood.

Can you imagine instead the tale of a king who wins his kingdom, not buoyed by his supporters' surging numbers, but abandoned by them all? Whose erstwhile subjects do not greet him, but rather scorn, reject, and betray him? Who wins his throne and his kingdom at the cost of death and bloodshed, indeed — but his own death, his own blood, not that of his foes?

A king who wins this sovereignty, marked not by a diadem of gold and jewels, but by a crown of thorns?

It is a story unlike all non-derivative yarns and movies, but it is the tale of our Sovereign. Jesus Christ's path to the sovereign rule of the universe (Eph. 1:10; Phil. 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:2) followed a plan made in eternity past (Eph. 1:9-11; 3:11), a plan leading to the throne directly and necessarily through the Cross (Matt. 26:39; Heb. 12:1-2).

The future of the entire universe, and the issue of who will rule it, will not ultimately involve a game of thrones, but a crown of thorns.

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Unknown said...

Also, His kingdom is fighting the battles now for the victory He already won (Ephesians 6:12) and this struggle is still necessary.

Man seeks glory in their model of conquest, and God is glorified all the more for doing things completely differently.

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Anonymous said...

That was glorious. Amen.