Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled. 1 Peter 1:13 (NIV) When you see the word therefore, you know Peter is pointing back to what he just said. Peter was saying that Christians are born again as the power of the risen Lord touches their lives. “Now,” Peter says,...
They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power. Revelation 4:10-11
At the end of the New Testament, Jesus Christ is revealed as the “King of kings and the Lord of lords” (Rev. 19:16), and we are told that “on his head are many crowns” (19:12 NIV).
The Bible speaks about a “crown of righteousness” that the Lord will give (2 Tim. 4:8). There is a “crown of glory” associated especially with elders who shepherd the flock of God faithfully (1 Pet. 5:4), and there is a “crown of life” that is given to those who suffer for the sake of Christ, and especially to those who lay down their lives (Rev. 2:10).
So through God’s kindness, there are crowns for God’s people. But what will they do with these crowns? They are going to say, “I am not the one who should be wearing this crown! The only righteousness I have came from you. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, and in all of my ministry I was completely dependent on him. The reason I am here in heaven is not that I laid down my life for Jesus, but that Jesus laid down his life for me. I place this crown on the head of King Jesus!”
Picture all the redeemed, a vast crowd that no one can number, gathered together in the presence of the Savior. Not a single one of them has a crown on his or her head. Why? Because all their crowns have been placed on the head, or at the feet, of King Jesus.
Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne;
hark, how the heavenly anthem drowns all music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King through all eternity.
Can you imagine laying your “crown” at the feet of Jesus?