Whoever they are, they are obviously very important. While there are different views as to who the twenty-four elders are who sit on the twenty-four thrones around THE throne of heaven, though there are different interpretations of who and what exactly they represent, at face-value you got to know they are kind of a big deal.
A big deal if only by the fact that they are so few in number in a place occupied by myriads and myriads of those redeemed throughout time. If only because they are those clothed in garments of white next to Him who lives in unapproachable light. Those who wear crowns of gold, indicating a kingly order, in the midst of Him who is Sovereign over all. If only by the nature of where their thrones are located–up close and personal, VIP circle seats, before the One of whom the angels unceasingly declare, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
But it’s not trying to figure out who they are that grabs me this morning. Who exactly these big kahunas of heaven are, whatever they are ultimately intended to represent or symbolize, when it comes to what was written for our learning, I’m thinking that what’s significant is what they do. I’m chewing on the fact that whoever they are, they are crown casters.
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 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, “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.”
(Revelation 4:9-11 ESV)
They were seated on thrones, but they fell to their faces. They were twenty-four in number, and they all bowed before the One. They had been given crowns of gold to wear, but instead removed them and cast them before Him who alone is worthy to receive glory and honor and power.
Crown casters. That’s what they do. And isn’t that what God is calling us to be as well?
Graced abundantly by God. Redeemed eternally by the blood of the Lamb. Robed too in garments of white, garments of righteousness gifted to us by the Son. Elevated by God; raised up with Christ and seated with Him in the heavenly places. Those once far off now brought near to His holy throne. Built up as His spiritual house, made to be a holy and royal priesthood.
And all wearing crowns.
For those who obeyed the call to shepherd His people, an unfading crown of glory (1Peter 5:4). For those who love His appearing, a crown of righteousness given (2Tim. 4:8). And for all those who remain steadfast through trial and testing, faithful even unto death, the crown of life presented by the Author of Life Himself, Jesus the Risen One (James 1:12, Rev. 2:10).
And on that day, when we stand before the throne with those from every tribe and language and people and nation, and we hear the sound of the four living creatures declare above the throne and Him who sits on it, “Holy, holy, holy,” we will race those twenty-four elders to be facedown before they even start to bend the knee. And we will without hesitation cast our crowns before the feet of Him who alone is worthy of honor and praise.
Wherever we are permitted to stand in relationship to the Father’s throne, only because of the finished work of the Son. Anything we are in heaven, only because of His great love. Any position we hold in the kingdom, due solely to His merit. Whatever manner of glory which may be ours, only because of the abundant grace that has always been His.
Crown casters. Won’t that be something to behold? Won’t that be something to be part of?
I’m thinkin’ . . .
All by His amazing grace. All for His eternal glory.