This past week, the world has been mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth II. She passed peacefully on Thursday. What a leader she was and what a legacy she left! Many have posted on social media that she was the last leader of integrity. Her private faith supported her public integrity.
I’ve admired her for many years. This afternoon, as I watched the news channels reflect on her life and rule, my heart was stirred. In her first Christmas speech given in 1952, she asked the country to pray for her that God would give her wisdom and strength to carry out the solemn promises she would make. A few months later, she promised her country that she would govern with the best interest of the commonwealth in mind, that she would maintain justice, and that she would profess the gospel of Christ with her life.
Now, her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II will bow before His majesty the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords (Revelation 17:14). What a glorious moment for her!
As I’ve been thinking about the Queen’s passing, my heart has gone to passages of scripture that exalt Jesus Christ as our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is the absolute victorious sovereign. In fact, scripture tells us that He will rule victoriously forever and ever. We need the reminder, don’t we?
My dear friend Judy Dunagan (www.judydunagan.com), in her new book, The Loudest Roar, writes, “So often this earthly life can eclipse our view of our triumphant King Jesus who is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” Judy goes on to write, “I see the ascension of Christ as the crescendo of His ‘it is finished!’ victory cry from the cross.” Friend, we need to be reminded of that grand crescendo as we live in this wonky world.
Here are three key passages to remind us of the victorious reign of Christ. I suggest using these passages in your prayer life to remind yourself of the victory that Christ has already won!
3 Passages to Remind Us of the Victory Christ Has Won
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS (Revelation 19:16). I remind myself of this verse almost every day, because it brings into crystal clarity His sovereign victory.
“That he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:20-21). Christ is now seated at the right hand of the Father. The place of victory and authority. He has accomplished our freedom. We can rejoice in His victory because His victory becomes ours. When you feel life closing in with challenges, remind yourself that Jesus has accomplished your victory.
Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done (Matthew 6:10). Jesus taught us to pray using these words. When we pray this prayer, we acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus Christ over our lives. We bow before Him and surrender to Him. We cry out that His kingdom would come and that His will would be done on earth just as it is in heaven.
Friend, as you head into a new week, rejoice that King Jesus has already won the victory and, because He has, you can live victoriously as well. Be sure to purchase Judy’s new book as she has included some powerful prayers that you can borrow in your own time with Jesus.
This week on The Connected Mom podcast, Judy Dunagan will be our guest! For all you mamas who wrestle with fear, Judy will teach you how to turn your fears into prayers. I hope you’ll join us!