Mitra: Greatest coronation is coming, by and by
The Queen’s diamond coronation jubilee is just over, but there’s a crowning day coming for the greatest of all monarchs.
We measure things pretty much by time and calendars.
Clocks and calendars revolve around the sun —but there is to be a new day, the crowning day of One that is coming by and by.
This old earth of ours has had some remarkable coronation scenes — that of the czars in Russia, the kings and queens of Europe and even the installation of innumerable democratically elected presidents and prime ministers.
But, these coronations, famous as they have been, pale into insignificance in comparison with the day that is coming, the crowning day of the King of kings when “There shall be upon His head many diadems” (Revelation 19:12).
Have you noticed the choruses in the book of Revelationa, the revelation of Jesus to John and through John?
Those who love music ought to turn occasionally to Revelations.
It is the music book.
It is the story of Christ crowned, which includes the chaining of the pretender prince.
The music begins in the bit that is marked off as chapter one.
John has begun to write down the story of what came to him at Patmos.
All at once, he gets a vision of the face of Jesus and he bursts out in a ringing solo, in the major key, “Unto Him that loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood.”
Then we turn to chapter four.
There is a quartet called the quartet of the living creatures.
Iin chapter five, there is what I might call the sextuple quartet – six times four.
The 24 leading men take up the song of the quartet. We can hear
the quartet still singing back yonder.
Then, swinging into the front is the sextuple quartet of leaders, taking up the same song, singing back and forth.
As their music softens away in the distance, though we still hear it, there is the angel chorus.
John, who was fairly well up in mathematics, tried to count them.
He counted 10,000 and he had to multiply that by 10,000.
Then, on to the creation chorus in chapter five.
Here, in heaven, all creation takes up the song.
By and by, they soften away as a new chorus swings in; the minor note is deep here and touches your heart.
In chapter 14, there is the virgins’ chorus, the chorus of the pure ones, those who have been washed and made pure.
They sing the song nobody else can sing.
Back and forth they sing until the very vaults of heaven seem shaken by the music of the pure ones.
Finally, in chapter 19, we get the combined chorus.
It is the Hallelujah Chorus — the solo, the quartet, the sextuple quartet, the angels, the creation, the martyrs, the pure ones — all together.
What are they singing?
There are variations in the music, in the words, but the undertone of the strain throughout is this: “Crown Him, Lord of all!”
Who is this to be crowned?
Jesus, the Saviour, the King of kings, the One who was so scarred with the thorns, but now is glorified.
Hush your heart.
Look yonder — a stable, the cattle, a young mother, a baby in a manger, born as no other before or since.
Look again, the olive grove and the Man so human that He longed for human fellowship.
But He must go on alone.
There could be no fellowship with Him in what He is going to do on the morrow.
He is on His knees, on His face and already, some drops of blood of the Son of God are fertilising the soil of the earth.
On the morrow after Gethsemane, He hangs on the cross, done to death, by His own choice, for all men.
It is He!
In Joseph’s tomb, buried in the earth.
But, lift your hearts, the tomb is sheer empty.
One other word.
Who will have part in the crowning?
Who will have share in that gracious, wondrous, coronation day?
Those who crown Him now Lord of all will have a share in that wondrous crowning day by and by.
We do not really crown Him Lord at all until we crown Him Lord of all.
We can take Him as Saviour and also economize our time on earth by crowning Him as King in our lives.
It can be one transaction.
Who will have share in that great coronation day?
Those who crown Him now.