Recognizing The King

"When Princess Elizabeth and the Duke Of Edinburgh were married in 1947, many of the streets and parks of London were crowded with people, including royalty from all over the world. King Faisal II, the twelve year old king of Iraq, was there as well, but was not dressed in his finery. He was more interested in the prancing horses. When he pushed his way through the line of policemen to get a better view of the stallions, he was handled roughly. The next day an apology was printed in the papers, saying "King Faisal, we didn't know who you were."

I read the above story in a book entitled, Almost Empty: An Inside Look At The Passion Week by Stephen Davey. The story was shared after a discussion of some of Jesus last words, when he said "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." (Luke 23:34)

The story made me think. Little King Faisal was treated roughly because they didn't know he was the king.

When Jesus was crucified, the people who did it did not know that they were killing The King of Kings. He was not dressed in His heavenly "finery". He looked like any other man.

When the policemen of London realized their mistake, they were repentant because they had treated the young king is such a way.

It makes me wonder, did any of those who were there at the crucifixion later realize their mistake? How did they feel? Did they cry in prayer to our Lord and repent because "King Jesus, we didn't know Who You were."?

Whether or not those who actually did the deed realized their mistake, they were not the only ones guilty. I am guilty. So are you. Each one of us put Jesus there on the cross with our own sin. He died to pay for it. We may as well have put the nails in His hands ourselves.

The difference is, King Faisal had no control over how he was treated and probably made a fuss about the treatment he received, because he knew he shouldn't be treated that way as a king.

But Jesus knew what was going to happen to Him - he was in control of it. He chose that horrible mistreatment and torture in order to save us when we couldn't save ourselves.

What incredible love.

I'm sure King Faisal probably had to go through some sort of process to prove that he really was the king. Jesus also proved His true identity by coming back to life on the third day after his death!

Have you recognized Jesus for Who He really is? Have you received His forgiveness for the sins that put Him on that cross?

I don't know how King Faisal reacted to the apology in the London newspaper. But I know how Jesus reacts when we come to Him with a repentant heart for what we have done.

He removes our sins as far as the east is from the west and welcomes us with open arms.

Just some food for thought on this Good Friday. May you all have a blessed Resurrection Day!

Amazing Love! How can it be? That thou my God shouldst die for me! -Charles Wesley

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Kayla Rae said...

I love this post, Callie. And it is so true. At our Good Friday service at my church tonight, we are discussing the seven last things that Jesus said and I am doing the one you mentioned in Luke. This post goes right along with what I'm studying. What an amazing love He has for us.

Megan Ashley said...

What a very nice and fitting post for today! I loved reading it, and I teared up a little too! Thank you

Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

Amazing love IS right! :)

Brittney Galloway said...

LOVE this, beautifully written, Callie! Happy Easter!

Anne said...

That's a cool comparison - interesting story. Happy Good Friday!

Ashley said...

Wow - that's a great comparison with the king Fisal - how true it is that they, and we, just didn't know who he was at one point.

Amanda said...

What an awesome insight. Thanks for sharing! So often we take for granted what Christ chose to endure for us when we deserved to pay that price but he paid it for us instead.

cait said...

beautiful post! To me, that's the most amazing part of it all...that He chose to receive the treatment. And he chose each of us. Beautiful. You all have a wonderful Easter!

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