Casting Crowns

Sinful people want to be metaphorical rulers of this world so they can lap up all its wealth, power, and fame. Depraved man wants a crown to adorn the self he’s in love with, and Satan gladly gives it to him.

Compare this portrait with Jesus Christ, who left his throne in heaven to save sinful people. He came to earth to preach the gospel and die on a cross for our sins. The King of Kings didn’t live like a king, in a palace, and wear soft clothing (Matthew 11:8). He didn’t seek wealth, power, or fame. Jesus wore only a crown of thorns instead (27:29). After his ascension, he received eternal honor from God the Father – the name that is above every name (Philippians 2:9-11).

casting crowns jesus heaven revelationGod is holding heavenly crowns for believers who finish the race, a life of faith that may include a crown of thorns here on earth (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, James 1:12, 1 Peter 5:4, Revelation 2:10, 3:11). Once in heaven, believers will “cast their crowns” at Jesus’ feet and tell him, “You are worthy” (Revelation 4:10-11). But in order to receive this heavenly crown, we must shun the worldly wealth, power, and fame that Satan offers us. We must repent of our sins and believe. Then we must give Jesus all the glory, honor, and praise due his name.

Will we grab the earthly crown that Satan dangles in front of our faces, throw it on our heads, and say, “I’m in control”? Or will we crown Jesus with praise? The choice is ours.

Jesus, we crown you with praise
Jesus, we crown you with praise
We love and adore you
Bow down before you
Jesus, we crown you with praise

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