Crowned With Glory And Honor

“For in subjecting everything to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. As it is, we do not yet see everything subjected to him. But we do see Jesus — made lower than the angels for a short time so that by God’s grace He might taste death for everyone — crowned with glory and honor because of His suffering in death.” 

For the past three months, I have been scouring the system set up for the elderly in this country. The learning curve is enormous (ginormous), and nobody plays by the same rules. You have to be very careful about every detail. Mismanagement is the norm, and it is all profit driven. If they find out there is little in it for them, they will blow you off like dust in the wind.

Integrity is rare. It does not matter if it is a hospital, a rehab, or a home health care agency, you must constantly advocate for the safety and care of your loved one. My blood boils at times, and I am tempted to become angry. 

Thankfully, this lesson speaks directly to my heart. As a character in the book, I am living this study. The following excerpt titled “We See Jesus Crowned With Glory And Honor” is from Andrew Murray’s classic The Holiest of All:

What a glorious contrast! We see not yet all things subjected to him, that is, to man: but—what is far better —we see Jesus crowned with glory and honor. When we look round upon this world, with all its sin and misery, it does indeed not appear as if man was destined to be higher than the angels, and to have dominion over all the works of God's hands.

But when we remember that Jesus became Man, that He might taste death for all men, and that He, a Man upon the throne, now lives as our Surety, our Redeemer, and our Head, it is enough if we see Him crowned with glory and honor. In that we have the pledge that He will one day bring man to that glory and honor too. In that we have the assurance that He is using all that glory and honor even now on our behalf. We see not yet all things subjected to man, but —we see Jesus crowned with honor and glory. Blessed contrast!

The right knowledge and use of this antithesis is the secret of the life of faith. We see not yet all things subjected to Him — how exactly this expresses the disappointment and failure which is often the experience of the believer when his first joy and hope begin to pass away. He finds that sin is stronger than he knew; that the power of the world and the flesh and self are not yet made subject to him as he had hoped.

At times it is as if he feels that the promises of God, and the expectations they raised in his heart, are vain. Or else, if he acknowledge that God is indeed faithful to fulfill them, the way for one who is as weak as he is, and in his circumstances, to obtain these promises is too hard. The promises of God, to put all things in subjection to us and make us more than conquerors, are indeed most precious, but, alas, ever again the bitter experience comes—man sees not yet all things subjected to him.

Blessed the man who knows, then, in living faith to say: But we see Jesus crowned with glory and honor. Blessed the man who knows to look away from all that he finds in himself of imperfection and failure, to look up and behold all the perfection and glory he finds in Jesus! Yes, blessed the man who finds his delight and his life in meeting every disappointment and every difficulty with the blessed: “But— we see Jesus crowned with glory and honor.” This is all I need! This satisfies the soul, and gives it peace and joy and strength.

Selah.