“In that day shall the Lord of Hosts (Jehovah-Sabaoth) be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people” (Isaiah 28:5).
Crown is derived from two Greek words; stephanos—primarily means “that which surrounds as a wall or crowd,” and the Greek word stepho—which means “to encircle,” and denotes the victor’s (winner’s) crown. Crowns are usually woven as a garland of oak, ivy, parsley, myrtle, or olive, or in imitation of these in gold. A crown is the symbol of triumph in the games or some such contest—a reward or prize, “a token of public honor” for distinguished service, military prowess, etc., or festal gladness, especially at the personal presentation of kings.
The prophet Isaiah is saying at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace Jehovah-Sabaoth–the Lord of Hosts shall be a wall of glory that will encircle what is left of His people. In other passages of New Testament Gospel the reference to the game of good versus evil is clear. I-Corinthians 9:25 and II-Timothy 4:8 Paul makes mention of a “crown of righteousness” and Peter mentions “the crown of glory” and its fadeless character set in contrast to the garlands of earth.
Throughout the Holy Bible a crown stands as an emblem of life, joy, reward and glory for those who believe in God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit. To be crowned confirms a person’s standing as the glory and honor God bestowed upon man in regard to his position in creation. “Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crowned him with glory and honor, and did set him over the works of thy hands” (Hebrews 2:7). Faith in God gives the believer the victory, God has given us the honor and glory our obligation is to justify the gifts of God.
There are five crowns every believer should aspire to receive from the King one day: (1) the Imperishable Crown, (2) the Crown of Joy, (3) the Crown of Righteousness, (4) the Crown of Life, and (5) the Crown of Glory. The believer should aspire to one or all of these crowns. As Easter draws near, our attention is drawn to another crown. This crown was worn by the one and only King of Kings, Lord of Lords and Prince of Peace whom we owe our salvation, “the Crown of Thorns.” While we were yet sinners Christ wore the crown for the ungodly.
In the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark and John “the Crown of Thorns” is used as a means of mockery and taunting of Jesus. At first sight this might be taken as an alternative for “a kingly crown,” but considering the blasphemous character of that episode, and the materials used obviously the only noble part was the person wearing the crown. “But 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 should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9).
Little did the tormentors, betrayers and murderers of our Savior know of the glory and honor that Jesus would receive as a reward for his suffering, death, burial and resurrection. There was no mention of the “crown of life,” but God made a spectacle of the enemies of Jesus at the Cross of Calvary. It is here the Crown of Thorns represents Divine triumph, as Jesus stands on the right hand of God. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, to God who alone is wise, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
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