On June 2nd, 1953, the first event ever to be televised WORLDWIDE was broadcasted.
At the tender age of 26, in Westminster Abbey, London, a young woman named Elizabeth was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth. The whole world tuned in to watch the incredible spectacle.
Coronation ceremonies have taken place in Westminster Abbey in England since 1066!
The Crown Jewels, which are displayed under armed guard in the Jewel House at the Tower of London, are a very famous part of these Coronation Ceremonies – some of which you can see in these photographs.
This unique collection of Royal Treasures has long been a powerful symbol of the British Monarchy. Some of the jewels and precious objects, as well as being extremely valuable, hold deep religious and cultural significance in the Nation’s History.
The Sovereign’s Sceptre:
The Royal Sceptre held by the young Queen in the photograph above contains the largest clear cut diamond in the world – Cullinan I, also nick-named ‘The Great Star of Africa’. Weighing in at 530.2 carats, this huge sparkling stone is believed to be worth £400 million. The Sceptre also bears a magnificent diamond encrusted cross.
The Sovereign’s Orb
The Queen was also given the Sovereign’s Orb, encrusted with more than 600 jewels and pearls, also with a cross mounted on the top. This symbolises the rule of Jesus Christ over the earth. This symbol of power placed into her hand indicates that she is ultimately the servant of a greater King, Jesus Christ.
The Most Valuable Item of All:
But despite all of these dazzling items that were given to the Queen during her Coronation, the most valuable was yet to come.
A third object was handed to her by the Moderator of the church of Scotland, which was described as the “most valuable thing that this world affords.”
It was a bible.
The Law of Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces – Psalm 119:72
But the bible is just an old book, right?
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart – Hebrews 4:12
The word of God is LIVING and ACTIVE.
What does that mean? It means that the bible is not just a load of printed words on a page, The words, although penned by human hands, are Holy Spirit breathed. When these God-anointed words are read and acted upon, it’s as though they are ALIVE! They carry a power that is able to bring about LIFE and CHANGE.
The word of God is likened to a two-edged sword – It’s deadly sharp! It’s blade is like a mirror that shows us the truth. It’s able to pierce through into the heart of a matter, and show us whether our thoughts and intentions are of the flesh or of the Spirit.
The word of God contains the manifold wisdom and truth of God!
All scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The word of God is more valuable than treasure!
So next time you spot your dusty bible on the shelf, remember the Queen! The bible is not just an old, irrelevant book. It’s the most valuable treasure this world affords!