Early yesterday morning, Ray and I joined millions of people around the world as we tuned in to watch the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. We were deeply moved. We were also deeply grateful that millions of people around the world heard the saving message of Jesus Christ.
Among the many words of faith spoken inside Westminster Abbey yesterday, we listeners heard:
I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord:
he that believeth in me,
though he were dead, yet shall he live:
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me
shall never die.
John 11: 25-26 King James Bible
British Prime Minister Liz Truss read:
Let not your heart be troubled:
ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you,
I will come again, and receive you unto myself;
that where I am, there ye may be also.
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
John 14:1-4 KJV
The gathered mourners prayed the Lord’s Prayer and sang “The Lord’s My Shepherd,” which was also sung at Elizabeth’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby commended the Queen to God with these words:
Let us commend to the mercy of God, our maker and redeemer, the soul of Elizabeth, our late Queen. Heavenly Father, King of kings, Lord and giver of life, who of thy grace in creation didst form mankind in thine own image, and in thy great love offerest us life eternal in Christ Jesus; claiming the promises of thy most blessed Son, we entrust the soul of Elizabeth, our sister here departed, to thy merciful keeping, in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life, when Christ shall be all in all; who died and rose again to save us, and now liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, in glory for ever. Amen.
Queen Elizabeth trusted Jesus Christ. Praise God that her family, heads of state from around the world and other guests inside Westminster Abbey, and people all over the world had this opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus. Who would have thought ahead of time that millions would listen in rapt attention to the word of God yesterday morning? I know that God will use it for great good.
Let’s join together in praying that He will cause the seeds planted yesterday to grow into a bountiful harvest around the world.
First of all, then, I urge
that entreaties and prayers, petitions
and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
for kings and all who are in authority,
so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life
in all godliness and dignity.
1 Timothy 2:1-2