The Queen and I

I have heard it said that none of us is more than seven people away from any person in the world. By that I mean a direct link of face to face knowledge of the person who also knows us back.

As an example from my own life, we will choose the Queen of England. She seems very far removed from me. She is in another country on another continent and she is a queen while I am an eastern Kentucky hillbilly. But, believe it or not, only three people are between the Queen of England and me.

I know a man very well--in fact was married to him at one time--who knows the former governor of Kentucky (the governor would recognize him and call him by name--would probably even hire him if he needed work done on the gutters of his house). The former governor would recognize and be recognized by the president of the United States, if not the present one then at least the one who was in power when he was governor. And the president, of course, would be on speaking terms with the queen.

So there you have it. Only three people are between the Queen of England and me. My girls used to love that when they were young and thought Prince William was all that. The rest of us probably see it as an interesting topic of discussion when we have nothing else to think about.

But as I was pondering this thought today, it occurred to me that I am only one person away from the Creator of the universe. Between Jehovah God and me stands only one man. And that man is my Savior, my Master, my Advocate, my friend, and my older brother. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. He is the Son of God, the holy Redeemer of mankind.

And He knows me intimately. He reached out to me when I did not know Him and sought my presence (Rev. 3:20). He gave His life so that He could come into my life and my heart and make me His (1 Cor. 15:3). He longed for a relationship with me. I did not have to look for Him. He looked for me.

My Savior also longs to present me to His Father spotless and blameless (1 Cor. 1:8). Because I know my Savior I know my Creator. Because I know my Savior He will go to His Father and present me as His own sister. He will confess my name before His Father and proclaim that I am one of His (Mt. 10:32, Rev. 3:5).

Although only three people exist between the Queen of England and me, I cannot get to her. She will not receive me when I go to London nor will she answer the phone when I call. But my God will answer when I call--yes, even before I call (Isaiah 65:24). He is standing ready to hear me and respond in love to my requests and petitions. He knows what is on my heart even when I do not understand it myself. He knows me because His Son knows me.

Let me introduce to you the Son of God. Here is His personal profile:

1. His name is Jesus Christ (Mt. 16:16, John 6:69).

2. He was born of a virgin in the town of Bethlehem (Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, Mt. 2:1).

3. He died on the cross, shedding His blood for the sins of mankind (1 John 1:7, Col. 1:20).

4. He arose a victor over death, hell, and the grave (I Cor. 15:55-57, Mt. 16:18, Rev. 1:18; 20:14).

5. All who believe in Him are assured of sanctification through His name and will not be ashamed (Romans 1:16).

6. He offers His love, His salvation, and His Father to those who, through faith, will accept His divine grace and obey Him by:

a. Confessing His name before men (Romans 10:9);

b. Repenting of their sins (Luke 5:32, Acts 20:21, 2 Cor. 7:10, 2 Peter 3:9);

c. Being buried with Him in baptism for the remission of their sins (Mark 16:16, Acts 2:38, Acts 10:48, Acts 22:16, Romans 6:3-4, Gal. 3:27.

You can know Jesus. And when you know Him and He knows you, you will be a child of God and He will answer when you call. And when you go to visit, He will take you in and welcome you as His own child.

This sonship is available to you, your family, your friends, and "all that are afar off" (Acts 2:39). That includes the Queen of England, the governor of Kentucky, and the Commodore-in-Chief of Scotland and Submarines (Prince William). It includes all who desire it. It is free!

God wants a relationship with you. Do you want one with Him? Jesus is calling. He is standing at your door and knocking (Revelation 3:20).

To almost quote Paul McCartney:

Someone's knocking at the door;
Somebody's ringing the bell.
Someone's knocking at the door;
Somebody's ringing the bell.
Do yourself a favor:
Open the door,
And let Him in.

Tina Rae Collins
August 25, 2006