About the King of Kings card
The crown on the ground
Did you notice that the crown is on the ground in this card? The crown, which symbolizes authority, is there for a reason.
Hebrews 2:6-9 says that human beings were meant to have authority over the world:
“What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him?
You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.
In other words: the world is a mess. Because of our rebellion in Adam, we have lost everything. There are hurricanes and tornadoes and pollution, wars and poverty, selfishness and sexual abuse.
We were crowned with glory and honor. We had authority over an amazing creation and we blew it. The crown fell off of Adam’s head and rolled under a bush somewhere.
But Jesus picked it up.
God became a man. Jesus wore our crown the way we were supposed to wear it. He suffered the consequences for our rebellion and consequently:
…we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
God is a God of justice, and justice has been served. Therefore Jesus, still wearing our crown, is now also crowned with glory and honor. In Christ we are restored to our original identity and calling. There are stars coming out of the crown now, symbolizing the glory to come.
Scripture states the obvious. We do not yet see everything made right. The world is still a mess. We are still waiting.
But we do see Jesus, and He is our hope. The power
of the Holy Spirit working through that hope has sustained and empowered millions in the 2,000 years since His first coming. May that hope sustain you as well, this Christmas season and always.