Thursday, March 26, 2009

Crowns for Coffins

What do Khafre, Dedefre, Khufu, Hotepibre, and Methotpe have in common (besides the fact that they all make you sound like you're ordering coffee at Starbucks)?

Good guess, but no -- they are not Arnold Schwartzennegar's kids. They are names of kings who once ruled Egypt. Don't even pretend that you remember that now. Unless you have a Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology or had a really intense history teacher, you are not likely to know these guys. If you DO remember these names --- you need to call Jeff Foxworthy right now and get on his show, "Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader."

There's one more Egyptian ruler whom I found especially interesting. I saved this guy for last because I wanted to "surprise" you. King Aha! Makes you wonder how he earned it, doesn't it?

Archaeologists dedicate their lives to digging up facts about dead kings whose accomplishments are lost in obscurity. All six of those kings matter to Egypt's history. They all mattered tremendously to their respective subjects over whom they ruled. But they matter to almost no one now.

It is interesting to note that they all held a common belief that they would still be kings in the next life. But they were all in for a surprise -- even Aha!

Every one of them gave up their crown for a coffin. And the moment they drew their last royal breath, they learned that there is only one true King.

They discovered an eternity where only one name is praised and adored. That name --- that King of Kings --- is Jesus Christ!

"On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS" (Revelation 19:16, NIV).

Don't be surprised,
Perry Crisp

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