Humans are royalty

lion roaring on top of mountain during golden hour

Humans are royalty.

Kings and queens.

Image-bearers of Majesty.

Stately breathing effigies of the High Monarch.

We do not think too highly of ourselves in saying, “I represent the King of creation. I am a ruling representative of Nobility over the world.”

What has God given man? God has “crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:5)

God has given him “dominion over the works of [his] hands”, and put “all things under his feet.” (Psalm 8:6)

What reflective echoes and analogues we have in military pageantry, castles, thrones, courtrooms, and inaugurations!

God intends to array us with a glory that surpasses the most beautiful flowers and “Solomon in all his glory.” (Matthew 6:28–29)

What eminent creatures we are! That killing one of us calls for capital punishment (Genesis 9:6). That our rulers may carry out such a sentence as ministers of God (Romans 13:1-4).

Oh how we mighty nobles have fallen! Our fall was long. We have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).

But God has forgiven us as he has forgiven King David (Psalm 51).

Our sanctification conforms us to the image of the Son (Romans 8:29).

Our glorification seats us with Christ on his throne (Revelation 3:21).

Our resurrection will be dramatic: We will shine like the sun (Matthew 13:43).

What shall we say to all this?

“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:9)

May we join the elders in casting our crowns before the throne of God (Revelation 4:10).

“There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilizations – these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub and exploit – immortal horrors or everlasting splendors.” (C.S. Lewis)

“Man’s greatness and wretchedness are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us that there is in man some great principle of greatness and some great principle of wretchedness.” (Blaise Pascal)

“There is something wrong with every aspect of our being, but we remain noble in our origin. There are… ‘rumors of glory’ found in humanity.” (