THE CROWN

ISRAEL

The Crown was also known as a Headdress or Diadem.  It was the last of the Holy Garments to be placed upon the High Priest.

     "And thou shalt put the mitre upon his head, and put the holy crown upon the mitre."  Exo. 29:6

     "And he put the mitre upon his head; also upon the mitre, even upon his forefront, did he put the golden plate, the holy crown; as the LORD commanded Moses." Leviticus 8:9

The priest had the power to bear the sins of the people and bring gifts before the Lord in consequence of their impurity, thereby instituting a deliverance from the design of the enemy. "And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy."  Psm. 106:10

The words: HOLINESS TO JEHOVAH was inscribed on the golden crown and it was secured to the linen bonnet (mitre) and head of the Priest by a ribband of blue (grace).  It was only worn by the High Priest and represented him as the supreme spiritual head of the priesthood which was consecrated to Jehovah.

The crown imparted honor and responsibility to the one who wore it.  Gold was for the nature of God and the white bonnet upon which it rested represented righteousness and holiness.  The Crown was the last of the articles of the garments to be placed upon the High Priest representing an ending (a finishing).  Both resting upon the head of the High Priest indicated that his will, emotions and intellect (soul) was purged, cleansed and made holy; and the nature of God enthroned (sealed).

JESUS

Before the foundation of the world the eternal plan of God had been set in motion and sealed forever in His heart. The Word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among men and began to pursue the mission that was set before Him.  Heaven and earth came together as one in the Son of Man.  "But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Philippians 2:7-11

     "Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man." Heb. 2:7-9

Obediently, Jesus had come and fulfilled His commission and wrought a complete and finished work concerning the redemption and reconciliation of men back unto God. His declaration in Luke 22:42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done was the total surrender of the will and mind of Jesus to that of His Father.  Man sought to crown His humiliation with a crown of thorns, but the Father highly exalted Him and gave to Him a crown that declared Him to be King of kings and Lord of lords (1Timothy 6:15 & Rev. 17:14).  In addition He was given a name to with every knee would bow and every tongue would confess that He was Lord to the glory of the Father.  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. Rev. 14:14

His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  Revelation 19:12

Jesus is now our everlasting and eternal Great High Priest (Heb. 2:17; 3:1; 4:14,15; 5:10; 7:26; 8:1; 8:3; 9:11; 10:21) and He has sprinkled His own eternally sealing blood upon the mercy seat forever sealing and fulfilling the law.   Today He is seated at His Father's right hand and His ministry continues on our behalf. (Eph. 1:20; Heb 1:3, 13; 8:1; 10:12; 12:2; 1Pet. 3:22)

CHURCH

As the body of Christ, we the church are called to walk circumspectly, obediently, and surrendered to the will of God our Father.  Just as in the natural children are to obey their parents, so it is in the spiritual relationships as well.  However, we are not to remain children, but rather we are to become mature sons acknowledging Him in all our ways.  Those who are children are easily tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Eph. 4:18) and often times walk according to the dictates of their own hearts.  Having been found to be in disobedience, children then begin to try to earn back the favor of their parents through their works.  The mature in heart understand the scripture that tells us that obedience is better than sacrifice (1Sam. 15:22).  As the children of God, we are to seek the Father's will and set our own aside (2 Cor.10:5-6;2; Cor. 2:9-11).  Often times however, man listens to the dictates of his own heart and follows after his own will.  His war is in the mind where strongholds are set up and his thoughts exalt themselves and seek their own way.  Truly our battle is truly a 'war of wills': "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled".  2Cor. 10:3-6

The will of man is strong and in our submission to the will of God, we will find that we are able to resist the devil and he will flee from us (James 4:7). Those that seek Him with their whole heart are as the runners of a race who seek the final reward.  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. Timothy II 4:7-8

Our crown is imperishable (1Cor. 9:25), glorious (1Peter 5:4), life (James 1:12) and we have been made kings and priests unto our God (Rev. 1:6).  Our Father in His omnipotence has made us the 'righteousness of God in Christ' (2Cor. 5:21; Phil. 3:9) placing all things beneath the feet of the Church with Christ as her head (Eph. 1:22-23).

He has made a way for us and in Him we can walk the walk He walked and be partakers of His nature.  His will being enshrined and enthroned in our minds, the very nature of God established and forever sealed within, ONE WITH HIM!