|Written by Pastor Leon|
As believers, we have many wonderful blessings for which we can give thanks and praise God for. The most thrilling blessing is the knowledge that salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ is essentially a restoration to the place man was intended to occupy when he was created. According to Genesis 1:26, man was made to have dominion and authority. God is in the process of restoring this place of dominion to his people. The Bible tells us that God’s people are being and will be crowned with various crowns.
Some of the meanings of a crown are as follows:
· the Crown (or the reigning monarch) as the symbol of the power and authority of a monarchy; "the colonies revolted against the Crown"
· a wreath or garland worn on the head to signify victory
· an ornamental jeweled headdress signifying sovereignty
· invest with regal power; enthrone; "The prince was crowned in Westminster Abbey"
· pennant: the award given to the champion
Wikipedia says this about crowns. A crown is the traditional symbolic form of headgear worn by a monarch or by a deity, for whom the crown traditionally represents power, legitimacy, immortality, righteousness, victory, triumph, resurrection, honor and glory of life after death.
I. The Crown of Glory and Honor.
Psalm 8:1-5 “O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.”
A. This is a crown given to us because of the victory of Christ over the forces of darkness.
B. This means that Jesus Christ is actually our crown of glory and honor.
II. The Crown of Knowledge.
Proverbs 14:18 “The simple inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge.”
C. The crown of knowledge is given to those with spiritual wisdom and understanding in the things of God.
D. To gain the crown of knowledge we must search out the deeper things of God and never be satisfied with a mediocre experience.
E. Those with the crown of knowledge know that nothing compares with the experience of know God.
III. The Crown of Victory.
II Timothy 2:1-5 “You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules.”
A. The crown of victory comes to those who have represented the kingdom of God properly as God’s ambassadors.
B. The rules are simple. “Not my will, but thine be done.”
C. We have all the authority we need to carry out our responsibilities as ambassadors.
IV. The Crown of Loving-Kindness and Tender Mercies.
Psalm 103:1-4 “Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: 3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, 4 Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
A. We live in a world with many challenges and temptations which must be met by the mercy of God.
B. The crown of loving-kindness and tender mercies bring the benefits of serving God into our lives.
C. Because of the crown, nothing can keep these benefits from us.
Isaiah 53:4-6 “Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.”
V. The Incorruptible Crown.
I Corinthians 9:24-27 “Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”
A. Earthly crowns will all tarnish, turn to rust, and vanish away, but this crown is an eternal crown.
B. Let’s discipline ourselves that we may obtain the imperishable things of God.
C. Ours is not a temporary trip into the dominion God has given us, but an eternal one.
VI. The Crown of Righteousness.
II Timothy 4:7-8 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
A. The crown of righteousness is ours because our complete trust is in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
B. It’s not by works of righteousness we have done, but by the mercy of God in sending Jesus Christ to bring restoration into our lives.
VII. The Crown of Life.
James 1:12 “Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. “
A. There may be temptations in the way of life but the crown of life ensures an overcoming life.
B. Those with the crown of life are the lovers of the Lord.
VIII. Jesus’ Crown of Thorns.
Matthew 27:29-31 “When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”
A. The evil gave Jesus a terrible crown.
B. It was a crown of mockery and suffering.
C. But God the Father gave Jesus Christ a different crown.
Hebrews 2:9-10 “9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
IX. Casting our Crowns at Jesus’ feet.
Revelation 4:9-11 “Whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying: 11 “You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
A. All our crowns are ours simply because of the work of Jesus Christ, so therefore we should cast them at His feet in worship.
B. Man has proven that, without God, he is not worthy to wear a crown of authority, so therefore we cast our crowns at His feet in worship.
C. It was God that created us to have dominion and authority, so therefore we cast our crowns at His feet in worship.
D. All the glory, honor, and power that come with crowns truly belong to God, so therefore we cast our crowns at His feet in worship.