ONE NAME WILL LIVE FOREVER
In 1922 British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Egypt. The discovery made headlines around the world. What most impressed people most was not King Tut’s mummy but the treasures buried with him. The remarkable number of valuables and their incredible preserved state captivated the world. I was recently at an exhibit and was able to see some of them.
Tutankhamun was the son of King Akhenaten. Egypt grew weak politically during Akhenaten’s 13-year reign. When Tutankhamun became king, he was very young. He had a ten-year reign and died when he was just nineteen years old.
King Tut’s death remains a mystery despite countless theories. He may have been a victim of malaria. Possibly gangrene from a broken leg. Run over by a chariot. Maybe gored by a hippo. Whatever the cause of his death, the king was hastily buried and quickly forgotten.
The rulers who followed erased his name from Egyptian’s important list of kings. They specifically tried to take the memory of him away by not including his name in later lists of kings. They made it as if he never existed.
The living was supposed to continue to speak King Tut’s name. Statues and temples were to be built in honor of him. Priests were to mention his name each day. Yet, this did not happen. Any record of his name was erased from the royal list.
In fact, King Tut’s successors removed every trace of his name. Any monument to him was demolished, anything that had his name on it was destroyed. Even the funerary cult that existed to remember the dead pharaoh was disbanded.
Written out of history his name was forgotten. And it remained that way for over 3300 years. Until Howard Carter discovered his tomb. Now he is the most famous king of Egypt. His name is known throughout the world.
I can’t help but think about the king of kings, as the world increasingly looks to diminish the name of Jesus. The push of secularization to remove God’s name from public mention is strong and growing. The goal is to erase the name of Jesus from the public square.
Yet, Philippians 2:10 tells us, “At the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth and under the earth.” The day will come when the greatest name in the world will be Jesus. And everyone will bow before Him. And the whole world acknowledges Jesus is the King.
About Rick McDaniel
Rick McDaniel is a noted author, international communicator and church leader. He is the founder/senior pastor of Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia. The church is known for its contemporary and innovative services and has a worldwide reach through www.highimpactchurch.tv. McDaniel has earned three degrees including an advanced degree from Duke University and is the author of six books including his latest "Turn Your Setbacks Into Comebacks." He has traveled and spoken at conferences and churches worldwide spanning six continents.
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