Crowns

“Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say

“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor, and power.”

The wise men brought gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Mary poured costly perfume on the Messiah’s feet to anoint Him for his coming burial, and the twenty-four elders place their crowns, symbols of wealth and authority, at his throne. Why? Because He alone is worthy of “glory, and honor, and power.” He is the King who “lives for ever and ever,” the great “I am,” the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the bright morning star. He deserves our praise, our worship, our gifts.

What do you bring Him this Christmas season? Is it your best? Do you bring him your whole tithe or a couple of bucks here and there? Do you offer him daily praise and adoration, or do you mouth a quick prayer over your meal? Do you give generously to those who need, or do you think only of yourself? He deserves the best that we have to give. What “crowns” will you place at his feet today?

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