A couple of weeks ago, Great Britain celebrated “The Platinum Jubilee” of Queen Elizabeth. She has now reigned as queen for seventy years. That is 25,550 days (plus a few extra days for leap years). As our world has undergone seismic changes, Queen Elizabeth has been a constant, consistent presence.
She has witnessed during her reign the….
- Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, the Afghanistan War
- Civil Rights Movement
- assassination of JFK
- walk of man on the moon for the first time
- Cold War
- explosion of the space shuttle Challenger
- invention of color TV
- invention and world changing impact of the internet
- horror of 9/11
- administrations of fourteen U.S. Presidents
- Covid pandemic
- multitude other historical events and changes
The world has changed drastically over the past seventy years. Misty and I have watched “The Crown” on Netflix which details many of the events that have occurred during the Queen’s reign. It’s amazing to think that Winston Churchill was actually Prime Minister during her reign. The world that greeted her at her coronation in 1952 is dramatically different than the world we see today. There have been changes for the better. We have made progress in medical treatments and in the use of technology to increase productivity and efficiency in many areas of society. We have seen progress on race and ethnic relationships. We have seen advancement in the rights of those who previously were disadvantaged or neglected by society. There have also been changes for the worse. Our world has grown more secular over time and Christian values have been neglected and ignored by many in today’s world. Technology has also allowed new forms of evil and immorality to grow and impact us in various damaging ways. The changes over the past seventy years have been a mixture of blessings and curses.
In all of this change, another truth has been constant. Jesus has remained the same. He has not changed. His grace and love for us is still abundant. His promises, given to us in the sacred pages of Scripture, remain true. The grace created for us at the cross and the power of His resurrection at the tomb, are as relevant now as they have been for two thousand years. Our Savior still reigns, and he always will.
One day, Queen Elizabeth will pass away, and a new king will assume the throne. He will experience and navigate changes in history. There will be blessings and there will be challenges. Yet through it all, Jesus will remain the same. His reign will never end and one day He will return and end history and we, as heirs to the Kingdom, will reign with Him. What an awesome King we worship and serve!