New Church Life March/April 2017 - Page 23

      But as the character of the king is, such is the character of the ministers and attendants, and such is the character of the kingdom. If the devil is king, his ministers and attendants are irrational thoughts and ideas, and the populace of his kingdom are false ideas of every kind, false ideas which, by reasonings based on fallacies and by delusions, the ministers – whom they call wise, even though they are insane – make to appear as true and to be acknowledged as true. Can the state of a person like this be changed in any other way than by putting away the evils in his external self? By this the lusts connected with the evils are also put away. Otherwise the lusts have no exit open to them, for they are shut in, like a city besieged, or like an ulcer covered over. (Divine Providence 113) The Lord wants us to welcome Him as king as He truly is. He wants us to have love to Him and our neighbor rule in our lives. He works with infinite love, wisdom and power to help us receive Him as king. The Lord wants us to welcome Him as king as He truly is. He wants us to have love to Him and our neighbor rule in our lives. He works with infinite love, wisdom and power to help us receive Him as king. We know that the first Palm Sunday had people loudly rejoicing, laying down outer garments and palm branches. But we also know that five days later there were loud voices calling for the crucifixion of Jesus, perhaps even some of the people who welcomed Him the previous Sunday. They were looking for a very different kind of king. One who would make them powerful and rich. They were looking for a king whose greatest concern was for their own country alone. May we be very different. May we seek a king who loves others as much as He loves us and calls us to follow His example. While the first Palm Sunday can be tinged with sadness because of what was shortly going to happen, consider that the final book of the teachings for the New Church ends with a very different image of a king being recognized. After the completion of this book, the Lord called together His twelve disciples, who had followed Him in the world; and a day later He sent them all forth throughout the spiritual world to preach the Gospel, that the Lord God Jesus Christ is king, and His kingdom shall be for ever and ever. (True Christian Religion 791) May we do our part to become subjects of that everlasting kingdom. May we make the conscious decisions to have the Lord God Jesus Christ be our king. 89