Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most beautiful man made things I have ever seen. It is simultaneously beautiful and imposing. It sits up on its mountain overlooking the countryside for miles in every direction. It is easy for me to picture a king sitting up in his palace looking down on his domain. I have always been captivated by the idea of kings and queens. They have left an unmistakeable mark on history. Their palaces and many of the nations of the world stand tribute to their impact on history. Throughout history, most kings and queens have ruled based on one of two things: birthright or right of conquest.
Birthright is what a person is entitled to based on their family and birth order. The queen of England is the queen because she was the oldest child of King George VI. Her son will be king because he is her oldest child. Birthright is what you are entitled to because of who you are. Right of conquest gave someone the right to rule because they conquered in battle. Henry VII had a very weak claim to the throne based on birthright, however, he won the war and got to be king.
Have you ever noticed that Jesus has both. He has both the birthright and right of conquest. Birthright is probably not the best word because while Jesus was born; the Son, the second person of the Trinity, has always been. He is eternal as one aspect of God. But everything, creation itself, YOU, are his by right. Simply by the nature of who he is…God…he has the right to rule creation and the right to rule your heart and life.
But Jesus also has won the right to rule. He has conquered sin and defeated death. Man rebelled against the rule of God in sin, but Jesus has now defeated sin. You owe him your allegiance, your life! He has the right because of who he is and because of what he has done.
What does it look like to let Jesus rule your life? You will have to engage God’s word and spend time in prayer to answer this question. How can you follow a Lord you do not hear? And how can you hear a Lord you do not know?