Sermon quotes on kings

Daniel Defoe

“When kings the sword of justice first lay down,

They are no kings, though they possess the crown.

Titles are shadows, crowns are empty things,

The good of subjects is the end of kings.”

The True-Born Englishman: A Satyr

Desiderius Erasmus

In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.

Timothy Keller

What is the main theme of Lord of the Rings? The world needs a king.


Thomas More

I die the king’s faithful servant, but God’s first.

Lesslie Newbigin

The resurrection is the revelation to chosen witnesses of the fact that Jesus who died on the cross is indeed king – conqueror of death and sin, Lord and Savior of all. The resurrection is not the reversal of a defeat but the proclamation of a victory. The King reigns from the tree. The reign of God has indeed come upon us, and its sign is not a golden throne but a wooden cross.


Pope John Paul II

Chess holds deep wisdoms of the people. It is truly an image of life, the reflection of human fate that has shown us the earthly way of suffering in darkness and permanent shortage of time. Like in chess, we encounter all kinds of traps, mistakes, settlements, sacrifices, kings, and queens, doubled pawns, and extraordinary moves while we are on the board ourselves.


Vaughan Roberts

When the King is in the middle, everything else falls into place.

Taken from God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts. ©2003 by Vaughan Roberts.  Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, P.O. Box 1400, Downers Grove  IL  60515-1426. www.ivpress.com

Maximilien Robespierre

The king must die so that the country can live.

William Shakespeare

“My Crown is in my heart, not on my head:

Not deck’d with Diamonds, and Indian stones:

Nor to be seen: my Crown is call’d Content,

A Crown it is, that seldom Kings enjoy.”

King Henry VI, Part 3

Charles R. Swindoll

A teardrop on earth summons the King of heaven.

J.R.R. Tolkien 

“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.” 

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)


J.R.R. Tolkien

“The hands of the king are healing hands, and thus shall the rightful king be known.”

The Return of the King: Part III of  Lord of the Rings Series, HarperCollins.

Mark Twain

Sometimes I wish we could hear of a country that’s out of kings.

Francis of Assisi

I am the herald of the Great King.

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