Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Few people have ever been as talented as Presley, nor have many experienced the popularity that he attained. He had an influence on music that is unrivaled. Elvis was called “The King of Rock and Roll”, and he was adored by many fans from all over the world. His death on August 16, 1977, shocked the world and brought a great outpouring of grief from his fans. At the age of 42, their beloved king was gone.
There was another king who gained a lot of popularity and then died at a young age. This king, Jesus, had an influence on the human race that is beyond measure. The death of Jesus caused many people to grieve, but his resurrection on the third day brought a great joy that is still experienced today by those who believe in him. Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords. Forever he will reign in the hearts of those who trust him for their salvation. One day he will return and usher in an eternity where we can be with him forever!
Just as many people will take some special time to remember Elvis this week, Christians around the world remember King Jesus every week as they meet together for the Lord’s Supper. Remember to give the King the proper respect that he deserves.
“And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’”—Luke 22:19.