Absent from the Coronation

President Joe Biden is snubbing King Charles, and therefore the kingdoms and dominions over which he reigns, by refusing to attend his coronation. Running the world’s most powerful nation is a rather time consuming job, but as head of State as well as Government, these ceremonial, representative roles are still rightly his. Some are attributing his unavailability to his natural republicanism, which was doubtless tempered in the fires of his family’s Irish nationalism. Still, not having this bumbling and incoherent man at one's coronation may well be a blessing.

The scriptures speak little of Christ’s coronation. There are several reasons or this. Firstly, Jewish kings were anointed rather than crowned. Although his Britannic Majesty will undergo this rite, there is little evidence that the likes of David and Solomon even wore a crown. Secondly, there was never a time when Christ was not King (perhaps before the creation of the worlds when there was nothing over which to rule, but this claim is questionable). Yet Hebrews 2:9 states:

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Is this talking of His glorification after the ascension, or of the Cross itself, that despicable and loathsome instrument of death which became the glorious symbol of God’s love, justice and victory? If our King Jesus does have a coronation at the end of the age, Joe Biden and all the other powerful ones who disdain His reign will not be invited, merely witnessing it from afar, and trembling. To this great coronation shall the meek, the poor in spirit, the pure in heart and the merciful alone be invited.

“It is finished!” all is over;
Yes, the cup of wrath is drained;
Such the truth these words discover;
Thus the victory was obtained;
’Tis a victory
None but Jesus could have gained.

Crown the mighty Conqueror, crown him,
Who his people’s foes o’ercame!
In the highest heaven enthrone him!
Men and angels, sound his fame!
Great his glory!
Jesus bears a matchless name.

T. Kelly, Gadsby's Hymns, 982