I recently discovered an English king that I was unfamiliar with, known as Alfred The Great. He is the only English king to have that term applied to him. Think of it, the Henry’s, Queen Victoria, and the two Elizabeth’s don’t have it. Yet, a king from the year 899 has it.
History says that he was a good king. Those who toil through the pages of the past, uncovering mysteries in the dust, tell us of his improvements that countries, including ours, still benefit from today. I am a history buff, I love to read of long ago battles. I am excited at the thoughts of great kings, and noble knights. This king was kind, strong, and courageous.
The problem is, to me, this king is only a name on a list in Wikipedia. I’ve never met Alfred, I don’t know what he was like. The same goes with any other earthly monarch termed “The Great”. Or any earthly royal for that matter. I wouldn’t know what to say to them if I met them, and that’s okay.
1 Timothy 6:14-16
14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see:to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
There is a select group who can attach “The Great” to their name. They can talk of battles won, conquered lands, and triumphs that few have known. Yet all have admitted defeat when death drew it’s sword. From Caesar to Charlemagne, they cannot overcome its cry.
However, when our eyes lift skyward, from Earth’s meager offerings to Heaven’s Perfect Gift, it’s a different story. You see, their is one king that I’m privileged to know that is so much more than what the words “The Great” could describe.
Only One pinned death after He allowed the grave to cradle His body for three days. He turned death into a servant and not a jailer. For He alone is Life Eternal, Immortal God, Power Incarnate. Unlike those ancient monarchs, “He is”, not He was!
The only “was” in His life occurs when you refer to the fact that He was dead, but is alive! He was sleeping in a borrowed tomb, but only used it for three days and nights. He is alive for ever and ever, and because He is, we can be also.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
No matter how “Great” those rulers were, neither they nor us could reach Him, so He came to us! Our Great God became Our Wonderful Counselor! Our Righteous Judge became Our Merciful Savior! I rejoice that we know this. I take comfort in God Our Redeemer for so many reasons.
The chiefest of which is this, He that is strong enough to save us, is powerful enough to keep us! If you are struggling today, remember, His hands wrestled death, and won. His eyes closed for the time that He allotted, and not one second more. He sets the end from the beginning, and hath already declared the ending of your battle. “It is finished” was followed by “Woman, why weepest thou?”
The Lord has conquered my biggest fears, why spend time worrying about the smaller ones? Today, I take hope, He who will finish what He started. God will complete the work in you and I. One day, very very soon, we who look for Him will see Him, and will be part of that great multitude in Heaven with our Jesus Christ The One And Only!
9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and
kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;