The Three Crowns of Christ – Past, Present and Future
There are three distinct crowns of Jesus Christ. April is the Easter season and this coming Sunday is Easter Sunday or as some Christians prefer to call it: Resurrection Sunday, when we remember the glorious and victorious resurrection of Christ from the dead. While we rejoice in the present because of His resurrection, and remember the past, this is also a good time to look forward to the future.
The Crown of Thorns – The Past Crown
“Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!” (John 19:5)
A common symbol of this season is the empty crown of thorns that He wore being crucified. The empty crown is seen adorning empty crosses as part of the Easter decorations is a reminder of the suffering and death of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The crown of thorns was a shameful display, it was part of the needed suffering of Jesus. This was His first crown. This is also a crown of the past. This crown of suffering and shame will never be repeated. But He had to wear this crown in order to wear His present crown.
The Crown of Glory and Honor – The Present Crown
The crown of shame many years ago has now turned into the crown of glory and honor. Because this innocent Man willingly took on Him the ugliness of all the sins of mankind, He is now exalted far above all others. He tasted death, both physically and spiritually for every man and now He is exalted above all others. As the risen, conquer over death He now is triumphantly reigning in heaven crowned with glory and honor. He alone has earned the right to wear this glorious present crown.
The Crown of the Word of God -The Future Crown
“His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 19:12&13
This same Man, the One who was shamefully treated, then exalted above all other Names will in the future wear many crowns. He is coming back as a worldwide conqueror, and as such, He will be , the supreme Ruler of the world. The many crowns represent all countries and kingdoms who will not be heads anymore since Christ Himself will rule all nations of this terrestrial globe.
So when you see the empty crown of thorns during this Easter season, let it be a reminder of not only Christ’s past, but also of His present and future crowns.
May you have a blessed Easter celebration and glorious Resurrection Sunday!