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Date: Fri, 04 Apr 2008 12:58:04 -0300
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COLUMN: HEAVENLY CONNECTIONS

Mortal Kings and Rulers
by Tim Hall

News is breaking as these words are written: Prince
Philip, age 86, has been admitted to a hospital in
London with a chest infection. Better known to
Americans, perhaps, as the husband of Queen Elizabeth
II, Philip yet represents royalty in Great Britain.
Though the severity or the outcome of this illness is
uncertain, one thing is very certain: One day he will
pass from the scene, as will his wife.

We've learned to expect it. Though one may be a
powerful and effective ruler of a nation, we know
their power will one day end. In some instances that
end is celebrated. Who can forget the vivid scenes in
Iraq when Saddam Hussein was captured, then later
executed? The image of his giant statue being toppled
by invading forces foreshadowed what happens to every
human ruler. Though we refer to them as "potentate,"
"sovereign," or some other such title, the description
lasts only for a time.

One day the one in whom an entire nation trusted will
breathe his last. His power will only be a memory.
Then someone else will take up the mantle, for good or
evil.

These thoughts help explain why the words of Paul in 1
Timothy 1:17 are so marvelous: "Now to the King
eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is
wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen"
(NKJV).

He was writing about Jesus, of course. And note those
all-important descriptive words: eternal, immortal. No
governor, president, or prince has ever earned such
tribute. Only Jesus can be described in this way.

This truth was pronounced before Jesus inhabited the
womb of Mary. Gabriel spoke the words found in Luke
1:33: "And he will reign over the house of Jacob
forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end."

No end. Jesus' powerful and benevolent reign will not
be cut short by assassins, disease or military defeat.
The one whose power is needed most of all will be on
his throne forever.

Another angel echoed the good news in Revelation
11:15: "The kingdoms of this world have become the
kingdoms of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall
reign forever and ever!" We've never known anyone like
this before, but Jesus will be in control endlessly.

We extend our well wishes to Prince Philip as we would
to any other person created in God's image. But if he
overcomes this physical ailment, there will be another
that will remove him one day from the land of the
living. The same can be said of every other human who
wields power.

Jesus Christ, however, will reign forever. He is the
King eternal, immortal!

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