King Sermon Illustrations

King Sermon Illustrations

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Christ the King

Writing on Psalm 45—the things . . . touching the king'—Dr. Alexander McLaren says:

`There is no doubt that this Psalm was originally a marriage hymn for some Jewish king. All attempts to settle who he was have failed, for the very significant reason that neither the history nor the character of any of them correspond to the Psalm. Its language is a world too wide for the diminutive stature and stained virtues of the greatest and best of them. And it is almost ludicrous to fit its glorious sentences even to a Solomon. They all look like little David in Saul's armor. So then, we must admit one of two things. Either we have here a piece of poetic license, or "a Greater than Solomon is here".'

The three great themes of the Psalm are—the grace, the glory and the gladness of Christ the King.

(Ps. 45; Heb. 1. 8)

Crowned with Thorns

Full many a king a golden crown has worn,
But only one a diadem of thorn:
Full many a king has sat on jeweled throne;
But only One hung on a Cross alone:
Through garlanded gay streets, cheered by the crowd
Great kings have ridden—One, with His head bowed
Beneath the burden of His Cross, passed on
To die on Calvary, one King, but one:
All other kingdoms pass; are passing now—
Save His Who wore the bramble on His brow.

(John 19. 5, 14, 19)

Earthly and Heavenly

The following lines were found on the body of a dead airman during World War II and published in Sandes Soldiers' Home Magazine.

Those who are called by an earthly king
And are bidden to meet with the great,
Who are asked to dine at the Royal Court
In earthly splendor and state,
They come from his presence with face alight,
With a proud and a lifted head,
They are eager to tell what they saw and heard
And repeat what the great one said.

But we who have supped with the King of kings
And have eaten the heavenly bread,
Are we eager to say what we saw and heard
And tell what the King hath said?
Are we proud that the King has called us 'Friends'
And bidden us seek His face?
Do we tell the world of His matchless love?
Do we speak of His wondrous grace?

(2 Pet. 1. 16-18)


Admirers of Charlemagne (Charles the Great) set up his corpse in its grave, crowned the pulseless temples, and put a scepter in the bloodless fingers. What grim mockery? Charlemagne is dead, though his fame remains. The King of kings, our Lord Jesus, crucified as King of the Jews, is alive for evermore.

(1 Cor. 15. 25; Ps. 2. 6; Rev. 1. 18; 19. 16)

King—Lord of Hosts

Tell me no more of the splendor
Of the courts of mighty kings;
Speak to me not of the grandeur
Of the brightest earthly things;
For how shall I care for the glitter
Of gold or pearl or gem?
Or how shall mine eyes be dazzled
By yon monarch's diadem?
Or how shall this heart be ravished
By the choicest earth can boast,
Now that mine eyes have seen Him,
The King, the Lord of Hosts?

For who will gaze on a candle
While the noonday sun shines clear?
Or who will turn to the servant
While the Master standeth near?
Or why should one leave the palace grand
To stand in courtyard bare?
Or who depart from the Throne-room
While the monarch sitteth there?
And how can I leave His service
For the highest earthly posts
Now that mine eyes have seen Him,
The King, the Lord of hosts?

As he that enjoys the sunlight
Needeth not that the stars should shine:
So I ask not for earthly light,
Having guidance all divine:
As a bride careth not who chideth
If her lover but agrees,
So I care not who condemneth
If but the Lord I please.
To afford His heart some gladness
Is the prize this heart seeks most,
Now that mine eyes have seen Him,
The King, the Lord of hosts.

So offer me not the baubles
Which the blinded worldlings seek,
For mine eyes have seen the King of kings;
Mine ears have heard Him speak;
And I cannot but be satisfied
With His favour full and free;
I cannot but His bidding do
As He enables me.
The world has no attractions left:
How mean is all it boasts,
Now that mine eyes have seen Him,
The King, the Lord of hosts.—G. H. Lang

(Isa. 6. 5; Rev. 19. 16)

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