The Ultimate Diadem

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Jesus wears the ultimate crown.

I find that the more I learn about the gospel, and who Jesus is, the more precious he becomes to me. One of the greatest encouragements is knowing and reminding myself daily that Jesus is our ultimate King and Lord. He has the highest badge of royalty, governs an eternal kingdom and wears the eternal crown of glory.

“Though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” -Philippians 2:6-11

Philippians 2 has always been one of my favorite go-to chapters in the Bible not only for encouragement but for a reminder of what Jesus did, who he is and what he gave up in order to save us. It shows Jesus, in all his glory, stepping down from his throne in humility, to be born in the likeness of men and take up the ultimate act of humiliation possible in that day and age, crucifixion.

The cost was not cheap.

He had exchanged his beautiful crown for a crown of thorns to forgive us for our sins so that we can join in his kingdom and under his kingship. Then, there was glorification, God had exalted Jesus to his glory forever.

Jesus was obedient to death, even death on a cross.

Jesus had taken on the crown of thorns and this is extremely symbolic and significant to us because it was showing the lengths God would go to restore man to himself and have a relationship with his children. As God sovereignly placed the crown of thorns upon his own son, He was making something GREAT known.

Diadem derives from the greek word “diadéō” meaning, “I bind round or I fasten”.

So get this-
God was binding himself and fastening himself to us, no matter the cost through his son.

He was crowning us not with a literal crown, but with a symbolic one showing that we are His possession and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

Through this, God has adorned us with His promises… promises of a future hope.

This is such an amazing example that Jesus has shown us and set for us. He shows us that we have a King that we are able to look to and turn to, a king who can relate to us in all his humanity but also one who we can see that lived the life that we couldn’t and died the death that we deserved. This is our king, our Jesus. It is not only a reminder of the gospel but of the one we serve. One day we will receive a crown. Though we have not received our crowns yet, it reminds us not only of the promises and future hope that we have an eternal kingdom, but also of the promises that he has granted us through salvation now here on earth.

God has placed a high value on us by paying the price for our sins. He has made us his possession out of his love for us. We are definitely admired by The Lord, and in being reminded of this truth daily makes me gain undeniable admiration for Him. I know that this it helps motivate me to press into the gospel and live like I am God’s, because he has given up everything to make me His.

I pray that in knowing this, and by reflecting on the gospel, that you also will be encouraged every time you remind yourself that

Jesus is our king and He wears the ultimate crown.

-Kandis Marino!

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
-James 1:12

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