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  • Writer's pictureDeborah Hemingway

Coronation Crowns

‘‘Your throne O God is forever and ever’’. - Hebrews 1:8


On the 6th of May we witnessed the coronation of King Charles III. There were amazing scenes of pomp and pageantry as the nation marshalled its resources to mark the occasion in the greatest style.

We can see, in the coronation of an earthly monarch, although infinitesimally faint by comparison, a reflection of the coronation of Jesus Christ our Saviour. This coronation has both happened in Heaven, and is yet to come in full consummation.

Once He had conquered death and sin, and ascended into Heaven, the first chapter of Hebrews tells us, He sat down at the right hand of the majesty in Heaven (verse 3) and the chapter goes on to say: “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a sceptre of justice will be the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy” (verse 8 – 9).

Where King Charles held a golden, symbolic sceptre, Jesus rules in true justice and righteousness. Where our earthly monarch was anointed with symbolic oil, Jesus is anointed with the oil of joy as He rejoices in the salvation of His people.

But the splendour of an earthly coronation also reminds us that one day, Jesus will return as King in full majesty, to reign forever with his people. We see this depicted especially in the book of Revelation. He will have ‘many crowns’ (19:12) and be called ‘King of Kings and Lord of Lords (19:16), He will sit on the throne (21:5) and reign for ever and ever (11:15).

Whatever we may have thought of the coronation of Charles III, surely, we can all say with the apostle: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.”

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