Devotional: Crowned as King – 3rd Friday in Advent
3rd Friday in Advent
Crowned as King
The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our
Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.
While the crown of thorns represented the suffering and crucifixion of Jesus, the
royal crown represents the ascension of Jesus to kingship. The transfer between
these two very different crowns is what Paul is depicting in Philippians 2:5-11.
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
“Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God some
thing to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking
the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found
in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and
gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every
knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue
acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
We see that same flow of thought in John’s vision in Revelation. First, the elders
are laying their crowns before God the Father, on the throne in heaven. All
the praise of the elders and living creatures is directed to him. Then Jesus
Christ, the Lamb who was slain, takes his place on the throne with the Father, a
picture of his ascension. Soon the praise is directed to him as well. Ultimately
all creation is invited to worship the Father and Son in unity, as the kingdom of
the world has now, once and for all, become God’s eternal kingdom. The
crown, then, represents the risen and ascended Lord, Jesus Christ, as the Ruler
over all creation, a transfer of authority prophesied between the Ancient of Days
and the Son of Man all the way back in Daniel 7:9-14.
But, amazingly, Jesus also reserves crowns for us! He promises that “when the
Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit
on thrones” (Matt. 19:28). Paul reiterates this theme by quoting a popular Christian
saying or song of the first century: “If we died with him, we will also live
with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him” (2 Timothy 2:11-12a). So
the crown also symbolizes the hope of glory the believer has in Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Jesus our King, we bow before you and, along with the worshipers in
Revelation, we cast our crowns before you as king of our lives. Amen.