Exhortation: Being a King
C.S. Lewis in the story A Horse and His Boy from the Chronicles of Narnia tells us what it is to be a king. He says: “this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there’s hunger in the land (as must be now and then in bad years) to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your land.” To be first in every desperate attack, last in every desperate retreat and to wear finer clothes and laugh louder over a scantier meal than any man in your land. In Jesus Christ every man is called to be a king. You were anointed and coronated in your baptism and you have been enthroned here in worship. Masculinity does not whine, it does not pull back from risk, it does not boss people around or bark orders at the weak. True masculinity dies. Do you want to be a man? Then you must die. Do you want to be a king? Then you must take all the risk. But to risk everything is to place all of your trust in the God of the resurrection, the God who raises His sons from the dead. And because we believe in the resurrection we may wear finer clothes and laugh louder over scantier meals than any man in our land.