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I was reminded of the great Queen Victoria. And at her coronation the regalia was basically staggering. She was given a crown that was encrusted with giant rubies and giant sapphires, surrounding a diamond of 309 carets. Now I know you wives are looking down at your left hand and trying to imagine what that might look like on your finger. That was only part of the regalia with which she was regaled, that mortal lady, on the occasion of her coronation. Everything that could be brought to bear on that woman's coronation was done.

Well nothing like that was seen in the earthly coronation of Jesus. No formalities, no jewelries, no dignitaries, no robes, no musicians. His coronation was indeed a humble coronation. It was very much like His birth. His birth was in a stable. His coronation was riding on a donkey. His birth was attended by shepherds who in social terms were the lowest people on the social ladder. His coronation was all the lowly people and rejected by the religious nobility.

But in spite of its simplicity and actually in spite of its superficiality, He was nonetheless God's true King. And in all the coronations that have ever been held in the world's history to honor a monarch, no monarch even comes close to what Jesus deserved by way of honor. There's never been one so supreme, so magnificent, so majestic, so powerful, so sovereign, so worthy, so glorious as Him, none comes even close. And, in fact, you can even add all the kings who have ever been crowned in the history of the world together, and they do not reach even the outer fringes of His infinite majesty. And in this simple humble lowly coronation, which is to some degree superficial, His great majesty shines. It is the only diamond. It is the only flashing, all-glorious stone in this otherwise mundane event....

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John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, as well as an author, conference speaker, president of The Master’s College and Seminary, and featured teacher with the Grace to You media ministry...

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