Is It the Crowning Day?

  • July 7, 2016
  • #8919

Jesus promises the crown of life to those who persevere during trials.

Is It the Crowning Day?

Hi, I’m Joni with an old camp song from the 60’s that I sing often.

Jesus may come today, glad day, glad day
And I would see my friend,
dangers and troubles would end
If Jesus would come today.
Glad day, glad day is it the crowning day?
I’ll live for today, nor anxious be
Jesus my Lord I soon shall see.
Glad day, glad day, is it the crowning day?

Okay, okay, I will admit it sounds really old-fashioned, right? And I don’t even know too many churches that sing that hymn nowadays. But I love that old song because whenever this wheelchair begins to get me down; whenever I feel the aches and pains of older age; whenever my paralysis and especially my chronic pain starts eroding the edges of my joy, I'll sing it. And this hymn like none other fixes my heart on heaven. After all, Colossians chapter 3 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, Where Christ is seated at the right hand of God, set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” There may be some people who say that fixing your heart and mind on heaven is an escape from the painful realities of earth, but not according to the Bible.

For me, that’s what I'm striving for; that heavenly high calling of knowing Jesus to the fullest. And when my heart is set on things above, it really, really lightens my load down here on earth. The pain and paralysis always seem to pale in comparison. That’s because heaven is the place where both pain and paralysis will be in my rear view mirror. So I'm like Jesus – for the joy that was set before Him He endured His cross. And I say the same: for the joy of heaven set before me I will daily bear my cross gladly.

Because like the song says, there’s coming a crowning day! The Lord has crowns to give his faithful ones, like the crown of righteousness spoken about in 2 Timothy chapter 4. And there’s crown of glory highlighted in 1 Peter chapter 5. Also the crown of rejoicing talked about in 1 Thessalonians chapter 2, and the incorruptible crown spoken of in 1 Corinthians 9. And best of all, Lord willing, for me, the crown of life talked about in James chapter 1 where it says, “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.” You know, just a verse like that makes me harken back to the hymn and that second stanza goes: “I may go home today, glad day, glad day.” It seems I hear their song: ‘Hail to the radiant throng if I should go home today.’ You know, I often tell Jesus “Lord, I am very happy doing your work here on earth, really I am. And I am happy to stick with it, but I just want you to know that I am ready any time you want to call me home, I’m ready to go home, okay?” I’m looking forward to that crowning day.  So, friend, today if you are weary and burdened, set your hope on heaven, set your heart and mind on things above, for a crown – perhaps many crowns – await you!

Photo: Pinterest.com

Music: "Is It the Crowning Day" by Daniel Whittle and James McGranahan, Public Domain

© Joni and Friends

 

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