Revelation 4:9-11 “Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne, the one who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one who lives forever and ever. And they lay their crowns before the throne and say, ‘You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created everything and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.”
Before Columbus discovered the New World, Spain believed they were the end of the world, and that there was nothing beyond them. In fact, Spain’s motto was “ne plus ultra”, which translates to “no more beyond”. But Christopher Columbus proved them wrong. If you travel to Spain today you will see, in the city of Valladolid, a large monument built in his honor. It depicts a lion whose large paw is swiping away the word “no” in the words “no more beyond”, leaving the words “more beyond” on the monument. “More beyond”…in many ways, we like the sound of those words. We like to know that there will be a reward for our work. We need to know that our hard work, our investment in time, and our talent will reap rewards. Today, we need to know that we WILL live in a “post-pandemic” world. It’s frustrating being held captive by a virus that keeps us from moving forward and beyond! At least one of the reasons the Lord took John to heaven was to show John that He has indeed prepared “more beyond” for us! And when he pulls back the veil of this beyond what we see….is worship. In each encounter with Jesus, the response of every member of creation is adoration and worship!
What we know about crowns is that they adorn the heads of royalty and signify power. There are several types of crowns in Revelation pointing to royalty or victory. Like an early Olympian who ran a good race and won, the 24 elders have been given crowns of victory. However at the sight of Jesus; they realize that the worth of all honor belongs to Jesus! Their response to the worship they see and hear, and standing before the throne; is to fall down and cast their crowns at his feet! This act declares that Jesus Christ deserves all the credit! This act declares that Jesus Christ deserves all the glory! When the Saints cast their crowns before the throne of Christ their declaration is this: You, King Jesus, and You alone, deserve to wear these crowns! Jesus deserves all the glory for our crowns!
What are the victories in your own life? Cast your crowns at His feet today! See also that they worship “the one who lives forever and ever” in verse 9. This means we have victories to come!
Today, Lord I see that you have been the source of any victory I’ve ever experienced. I also see that you are the source of any victories in store for me in my future! I take every victory and cast it at your feet, because every victory I may know or come to know, comes from YOU! I give you ALL the credit for any victory in my life! I give you ALL the glory for any victory in my life! I give you glory and honor for the Ultimate victory won on my behalf, through the redeeming love and act on the cross!