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Daily Devotions – Casting their crowns

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Revelation 4 (ESV)

The Throne in Heaven

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.

And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”

And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

Mary’s extraordinary devotion to Jesus is a picture of where God is ultimately leading us. When she humbled herself before Jesus’ feet (John 12:3), she was renouncing all of her rights and treating Jesus like the total lord of her life. We see something similar in Revelation 4, but on a grander scale. John the apostle has been given a sneak preview of heaven, where he sees Christ on his throne, in all of his glory and splendor. This culminates in the 24 elders falling down in homage and casting their crowns before Christ. These elders represent the leaders of the true church, and their crowns represent all their earthly authority and significance. It is a way of saying, “our greatest joy is found by giving you the best of all we have.”