Jesus Crowned in Heaven
“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honour and put everything under their feet.”, In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone (Hebrews 2:6-9).
Jesus is King of kings and all humanity are called to obey him lest the wrath of God come upon them.
Fear the Lord and the King, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials, for those two will send sudden destruction on them, and who knows what calamities they can bring? (Proverbs 24:21-22).
Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together against the Lord and against his anointed King. Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction, for his wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in him (Psalm 2:1-2; 10-12).
It should go without saying, that if Jesus is the King of kings and all people throughout the world are called to honour and obey him, that everyone is expected to hear and pay careful attention to what Jesus has said.
Jesus the King said, “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man” (Luke 21:34-36).
We all have responsibilities to obey the laws of the governments, to become educated, to develop skills and to work in order to sustain ourselves in this world. However, humanity does not live on bread alone and we have a higher, more urgent responsibility to seek the kingdom of God and obey Jesus the King.
Jesus healed the sick and raised the dead. Jesus turned water into wine. Jesus fed five thousand people with a few fish and loaves of bread, usually barely enough for one person. Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:26-29).
The opportunity to be reconciled to God, to be filled with the Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead and to be called to not only obey the king of kings, but to come to know him as a brother and a friend – is undoubtedly the greatest thing that any human being could ever desire. And yet people chase after meaningless things for a short moment of trivial pleasure.
One of the inspired writers of proverbs wrote by the inspiration of God, “Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or turn away from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding (Proverbs 4:5-7).
Jesus is invisible as far as the present world is concerned. He is a crowned King who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth and yet rulers ignore him and scoff at him and he displays his patience knowing that in spite of not seeing him, many will repent and obey him and make him their only place of protection and refuge – and they will no longer fear men or death itself – no matter how their lives in this present world may be disrupted on account of the faithfulness to their King.
Through Jesus the King, God is creating one new humanity which is not confined to any particular nation, or geographical border, or racial or ethnic group, or language group or a particular time in the history of humanity.
Some professing Christians claim to believe in the invisible King, they may even claim to have his invisible Holy Spirit living in them to teach them and to guide them into all truth – and yet the lack of evidence of their lives seems to completely deny their claims as they continue to sin. Through faith in Jesus and by being baptised in his name, the Scriptures teach that it is as if we ourselves had died and been buried with him – even before we actually do die – and that we are already raised to a new life by the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead. (However, this truth is not always evident in many people who claim to believe in Jesus.)
Jesus said that only the sick need a doctor – but most people are completely unaware of just how spiritually sick and riddled with sin they are – and so they don’t come bowing down before him in humble obedience.
Jesus came in the flesh and died – and was raised from the dead to save us from sin and to remove our fear of death.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil — and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15).
In Christ, we are one body and we function as a community – (not isolation and social distancing).
God has put the body together, giving greater honour to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it (1 Corinthians 12:24-27).
The Corona virus – the “Crowned-virus”
The corona virus is microscopic and invisible to the naked eye but people believe that it is out there and that it is being spread from one human being to the other in a global epidemic. The corona virus is called by that name because it has the appearance of many little crowns and so, such as the coronation, i.e. crowning of a king), it is called the corona i.e. crowned virus.
But what an irony that its effect has succeeded in gaining the attention of the whole world and that it is getting people throughout the world to stop work and go into a virtual global shutdown of the economy and of normal social person to person contact.
People are so afraid of this virus that they are figuratively bowing before this invisible crowned virus. People may even be “positively tested” to confirm that they are highly infectious and must be isolated immediately even when they are not showing any symptoms or feeling sick in any way. People are living in isolation for a time out of fear, but for how long will it be feasible?
Mostly old people, who are already weak, frail and compromised in their health may likely to die due to the respiratory problems associated with COVID-19, whereas the strong and healthy and infants and children may have the virus which will soon pass without any serious harm.
It seems that although this virus has had such an impact throughout the world, that not even the experts really understand anything about it and why it is so devastating.
The powers that be are themselves fearful of the corona virus. Their cautionary reaction has sparked uncertainty, fear and panic. However, the worst that can ever happen for Christians is that they die and be finally rid of this mortal body of flesh which is prone to sin – and then we will find ourselves in the presence of Jesus and the glory of God.
Do not fear.
“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:26-31).