Jesus and the Many Crowns – May 19, 2023
Read: Luke 24:44-53
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem… When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
Jesus and the Many Crowns
Devotion based on Luke 24:45-47,50-53
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In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
On September 8, Queen Elizabeth of England died. After her death, her son Charles became the king of England. However, his coronation as king didn’t happen until May 6—nine months later.
In a coronation ceremony, a crown is placed on the new king’s head. Even though Charles became king last September, May 6 was an important day. That day the world saw the crown placed on his head to show him as king.
Jesus was the King of heaven from eternity. When he became human that first Christmas, he took off his kingly crown and left it in heaven. You could say he “stored” or “set aside” the use of his powers as King so he could come do his job as our Savior.
Jesus wore two other crowns here on earth.
First, he wore the “crown” of God the Father’s approval. The Father said it at Jesus’ baptism and at his transfiguration. “This is my Son. In him I am well-pleased” (Luke 3:22, Matthew 17:5). Jesus wore the crown of pleasing God. What pleases God? Matthew 5:48 tells us. “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Jesus wore the crown of God’s approval because he lived perfectly. He wore that crown for you, because you didn’t earn that crown by living perfectly.
Jesus wore a second crown here on earth—the crown of God’s fair punishment. It included thorns on his head, and it was part of his suffering when he died on the cross. It was what we deserved because we didn’t earn God’s approval with our lives. He wore the crown and all the suffering until the all-important words: “It is finished.”
Fast forward 43 days. Jesus has risen from the dead and spent 40 days teaching and encouraging believers. He is at the top of a mountain. He is going back to heaven to take back his crown as King. It is, in some ways, his coronation day.
His disciples watch in joy. They are seeing the coronation of their King. We watch through God’s Word. Our King is crowned. He has accomplished our salvation by wearing the crowns of God’s approval and God’s fair punishment for sin. Now he reigns in heaven, where he waits with a crown for each of us.
“Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown” (Revelation 2:10).
Dear Jesus, you ascended to your rightful place as king of heaven. I can’t wait to someday join you there and have you place a crown of victory on my head. Amen.
The questions below are to help families discuss this devotion. The questions are divided by age group as suggestions, but anyone could reflect on any of the questions as they desire.
Questions for Younger Children
- Why did Jesus have to leave heaven and come to earth?
- Jesus left some of his power in heaven when he came to earth. When did he get all that power back?
Questions for Elementary Age Children
- What were the two earthly crowns Jesus wore on earth to save us?
- How was Jesus’ ascension like a coronation?
Questions for Middle School and Above
- Why was God the Father pleased with Jesus?
- How was God’s approval of Jesus transferred to you?