“But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through His name” (John 20:31).
The hymn, “Crown Him With Many Crowns”-the words of which are focusing our thoughts-was written in the late 1800s, a time of rampant skepticism. Vital Bible doctrines were abandoned by many, including the Creator’s kingship over creation and its inhabitants. The need remains to crown Him King in all areas of life. Note the hymn’s second verse:
Crown Him the Son of God Before the worlds began,
And ye, who tread where He hath trod, Crown Him the Son of man,
Who every grief hath known That wrings the human breast,
And takes and bears them for His own, That all in Him may rest.
Jesus Christ, God the Son, possessed great glory, given by God the Father “before the foundation of the world” (John 17:24). Then, even though “all things were made by Him” (John 1:3), “God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Galatians 4:4,5).
While in human form, Jesus preferred to call Himself the “Son of man” and chose to live a life of poverty and suffering. “The Son of man hath not where to lay His head” (Matthew 8:20). He chose to suffer these things so that He could fully identify and empathize with our problems. “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Thankfully, because “He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows . . . and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:4,6), we can be forgiven and find rest in Him. “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). JDM