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A Christian Review of "The Crown": Part 3

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A Christian review of The Crown: Season 1 Episode Five: "Smoke and Mirrors" or "The Anointing": the Gospel is central to the anointing.

Episode Five: “Smoke and Mirrors” or “The Annointing”:

This episode of “The Crown” opens in 1937, and young princess Elizabeth is helping her father prepare for his coronation. He asks her to “play the archbishop”, to practice “The Anointing.” Without it he cannot be king. Why? Because as a man, he has no power to keep the “inviolable” promise of a king.

He must come to God and be sanctified. As the holy oil is applied, in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, he is transformed, infused with power and enabled to rule. In his words, opening Episode 5 of “The Crown:

“When the holy oil touches, I am transformed, brought into direct contact with the divine. Forever changed. Bound to God. It is the most important part of the entire ceremony.” And so it is with us as we receive the Holy Ghost. We are forever changed as the Gospel brings us into contact with the divine and the Holy Spirit fills us with His power to live and share the Gospel to the world.

Like her father King George VI, Queen Elizabeth has been chosen by God and understands the power and necessity of the Anointing. The “worldlings” do not. They see this holy event as “smoke and mirrors,” an outdated ritual that no longer has meaning to 20th century people.

Chosen and Ascended but not Crowned

The young Queen is now officially established, but not crowned. She faces difficulties with her husband, uncle, and prime minister, all of whom are skeptics and men of the world. She is stuck in the mechanics of government and administration. The men to whom she looks for guidance and affirmation, want to limit or influence her authority. They have no spiritual vision and function wholly via the things that are seen. To them the Crown is not related to the Gospel at all, it is a mere ornament, a symbol for them to use to establish their policies.

Connecting with God and the Gospel

Seeking guidance in her dilemma, Elizabeth goes to her grandmother, Queen Mary, to get some help. The old queen is a believer in the Crown, the Gospel and the Anointing. You may remember Queen Mary’s letter to the new queen telling her she was directly responsible to God.

“Do you really believe that?” Elizabeth asks.

The answer in unequivocal: “ Monarchy is God’s sacred mission to grace and dignify the earth. To give ordinary people an ideal to strive towards, an example of nobility and duty to raise them in their wretched lives. Monarchy is a calling from God.”

Bouyed by this, Elizabeth determines to be faithful. She puts her husband in charge of the coronation, and all his impulses and ideas are to update what he thinks is an out-of-date ceremony. He wants to modernize the event, televise it and make it more “egalitarian.” But when he revises the ancient, never-before-changed liturgy, even the prime minister is troubled and brings it to his private audience with her majesty.

She decides to allow television cameras but refuses to change the ceremony from its Christian roots. In the end, prince Philip accedes and bows, her liegeman forever, keeping his promise to her father and remembering his duty to protect support and defend the queen.

Anointing brings Power and Gospel Authority

As the ceremony unfolds in “The Crown’, its stately, regal and holy progress moves solemnly to the moment of the Anointing. Then, her majesty is hidden from view behind temple veils while the Archbishop takes the holy oil and anoints her hands, her breast and her forehead. As he does, he exclaims, “As kings, priests, and prophets were anointed, and as Solomon was anointed king by Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet so be thou, anointed, blessed, and consecrated Queen over the peoples whom the Lord thy God has given thee to rule and govern.”

As he does, the entire assembly rises to the majestic music of Zadok the Priest. They lift their hands and crowns in praise and adoration. The connection has been made. The Anointing has empowered and divinely sealed her as Queen in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. She has been set apart from all others, sealed as God’s servant and ruler of the peoples He has given her.

How Does This Apply to Me?

We too have been chosen by God to have a place in His kingdom. When we are born again, we see that kingdom and enter in by “water and by blood.” So it was with Jesus disciples in Judea 2,000 years ago. They were in the kingdom, but had no power. Jesus told them to wait for that power. It would come via a supernatural anointing, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. And it was this power that enabled them to preach the Gospel, to heal and to change the world. Through them and us will flow “rivers of living water.” Healing waters, holy waters, wonder-working power of the Holy Ghost. This is the Anointing.

Read more about Queen Elizabeth in my book SPIRITUAL LIVES.

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