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The King and the Rebellion

May 20, 2008

The King was known for his justice.  He had reigned for years over his realm, and all knew that he was a good ruler, who loved his subjects and administered the law fairly.  The people loved him, and he made the effort to know his people.

There were those who hated the King, though.  They did not want to live by his laws, which they considered too restrictive.  They wanted to live their own life, and thus began the Rebellion.

Many people came to the rebels.  They all felt that the King was repressive, and that they should be allowed to live their own lives free of his interference.  Who had any right to rule over them?  They should be left alone to do what they pleased.  

The rebellion was not content to stay in one area, though.  They felt that they needed to usurp the King’s reign.  It wasn’t enough that they were rebelling, but they wanted the entire realm to turn against the King.  However, wherever the rebels took control, the people were miserable.  Where compassion had once reigned, a rank selfishness arose.  Instead of receiving gifts from the King’s hand, people had to fight for their own food and shelter.  Anywhere the rebellion reigned, and the people rejected the King’s law, lawlessness and chaos became entrenched.

The King was grieved.  He did not want to have to fight his subjects, but they left him little choice in the matter.  He sent his army to capture the rebellion before it consumed his entire kingdom and left it in darkness.  He then brought the rebels into his throne room.

“You stand accused of high treason against my rule today.  The punishment for this is death.  You have destroyed my farmlands, inhibiting my people from adequate food.  You have subverted my laws, leading my people to fend for themselves.  You have cut me off from showing kindness to my people.”

The rebels knew this.  They knew they rightly stood accused of treason, and many of them realized their error.  They did not know why their hearts changed, but they realized that they had indeed forsaken the King’s laws, and that they deserved death.  They also remembered that the King had been kind and good, not twisted and evil as they had lead themselves to believe.  Many of them ached for mercy that it was now too late to obtain.

“However, I stand ready to forgive.  Some of you feel the shame of what you have done.  For those of you who do, for those that I know will be changed and follow my rules again, I have condemned the Prince in your stead.  He will die for the treason you committed.”

It is then that the changed rebels knelt and wept.  They now knew their king loved them – he had given his son for their freedom, so he could readmit them into the Kingdom.  What love is this – that the rebels like us are set free while the sinless Son of God dies in our place and is risen again!

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