There was much speculation on whether or not Catherine Middleton would wear a tiara for her wedding to Prince William, and which one it would be.
Crowns have long been a sign of royalty. Charlemagne wore an octagonal golden crown studded with numerous precious stones. Richard the Lion Heart’s crown was so heavy two earls stood next to him to help bear the weight. Queen Elizabeth’s coronation crown is valued at many millions of pounds.
Even if we were able to collect all the royal crowns and tiaras of the world together, they would be mere trinkets when compared with Christ’s crown.
His crown cannot be bought.
His is a crown of glory, far exceeding all monetary worth and splendour.
The ONE crown which OUTSHINES all others
was not fashioned by a silversmith,
nor created with the genius of a master craftsman.
It was put together hurriedly by the rough hands of Roman soldiers.
It was not placed on His head with pomp and ceremony,
but in mockery and blasphemy.
The most amazing thing about this crown:
this cruel crown of thorns,
is that it
BELONGED TO ME!
I deserved to wear that crown.
I deserved to feel the thrust of the thorns.
I deserved to feel the blood on my brow.
I deserved the agony.
But Christ TOOK MY crown of thorns
and He GAVE ME HIS crown of life.
In the words of the song by Graham Kendrick . . .
My Lord, what love is this, that pays so dearly
That I, the guilty one, may go free.
Amazing love! O what sacrifice!
The Son of God given for me
My debt he pays, and my death he dies,
That I might live.
WHAT AN EXCHANGE!
He gave His life so that I can live.
He TOOK MY crown of thorns and GAVE me HIS crown of life.
He TOOK MY SIN
and GAVE ME
2 Corinthians 5:21
For GOD has made JESUS, who knew no sin,
to become SIN for US
so that WE might be made
the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD in HIM.
What an exchange!
What amazing love!
What a Saviour!