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Hello, God has given me something in 1 Chronicles 20: (part of)2 which says,

“David took the crown from the head of their king—its weight was found to be a talent of gold, and it was set with precious stones—and it was placed on David’s head….”

David’s crown: David got a crown made with precious stones, he took the crown from Molech after Joab fought the Ammonites in Rabbah. David was a king with a crown from his victory.

Jesus’ crown: Jesus had a crown too, but Jesus’ crown wasn’t made of precious stones or gold, and He got it before the victory. What crown would be given before a victory? Let’s start from the beginning. We are sinful wretches bound for hell and damnation. Then Jesus, the son of God came down and He became sin for us, He endured beating, and soldiers even put a crown of thorns on His head. Then Jesus went up on the cross and fought the battle. Wait, wait, wait, Jesus fought the battle on a cross while He was dying!?! How is that possible? Jesus didn’t win an earthly victory, He won a spiritual one. His victory was against death. When Jesus rose again three days later, He conquered death, and He ascended into heaven. But didn’t Lazarus rise from the dead? Yes, but Jesus called him out of the tomb four days later. How does the one day difference make a difference? Psalm 16:9-10 says,

“Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
   my body also will rest secure, 
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
   nor will you let your faithful one see decay.”

Decay: Lazarus was in the grave four days which is when the body starts to decay. When Lazarus rose again, it meant nothing in conquering death. Jesus conquered death for us after He died and rose again, and He saved us from our sin. Thank You Jesus!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for giving Your son for us. Thank You, Jesus, for conquering death for us, and for taking our sin. I pray that I would be closer to You. I pray that I would love You more, and be kinder to those around me. Thank You for taking on the crown of thorns and dying in our place, even though You were (and are) the Son of God. Thank You for making us Your brothers, sisters, mothers, and co-heirs. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Peace and love, Joy Cleveland

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