The Reading: Psalm 8:1-9
“Thou … dost crown him with glory …” (v. 5) RSV
“Crown him with many crowns” are the words of a well known hymn. The King of kings has fulfilled his mission, ascended back into heaven and is now crowned. The exaltation moves Jesus on from the human version of God to the glorified Christ. He is no longer limited by his mortal frame, but has become the first-born of a new order of existence. He has been the trail blazer.
The letter to the Hebrews quotes Psalm 8:4-6 in order to express this coronation: “Thou didst make him for a little while lower than the angels, thou hast crowned him with glory and honour, putting everything in subjection under his feet.” (Hebrews 2:7-8). What a magnificent testimony to his unique life and achievement.
The followers of Jesus can rest assured that the kingdom of God has an ever-living and all powerful King sitting on the throne. They are on the winning side!
Paul also realised another benefit of this coronation. It was going to be available in some wonderful sense for all Christ’s people. He wrote to his protégé Timothy, “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which … will be awarded to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Timothy. 4:8). Thus, we too will reign with him when he comes in his kingdom. What a prospect! Be encouraged!
I rejoice that you Lord Jesus Christ have been glorified in the presence of your Father. Praise be! Amen.
1 What was Jesus’ promise to his 12 disciples?
2 How did Jesus define his return to heaven?