Sunday, April 1, 2018, the Year of Our Lord

Pastor Carolyn Sissom


Resurrection Sunday is the coronation of King Jesus.  On the cross, Jesus was crowned by mother earth with a crown of thorns.  He earned the crown of power by wearing on His brow the crown of thorns.  He earned the crown of oil, because He loved righteousness and hated iniquity.   He received the scepter oF righteousness because He took from the Roman soldier the flimsy reed that was placed in His hand, and suffered the ignominy of a mock coronation.  All this became the first chapter in His coronation as King.


The second chapter took place at His ascension.  It was there that God “set” His King on Zion, and made him to be KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.  He was “set” there to be a Priest on the throne.  His ministry on earth was finished.  Now He would begin His Messianic ministry in the heavens.


The Kingdom of God was not postponed because they slew their King.  It was the slaying of the King that became the first chapter of His coronation in the heavens.  The long expected Messiah reigns upon a throne far superior to the one His people had planned for Him.  It is far above any earthly throne. 


All this was very distressing to the people who were expecting Him to set up a kingdom there in Jerusalem.  But after His ascension it gradually became clear to them.   He was given a more glorious throne than they had ever imagined possible.


David was dead and buried, and his sepulcher was there in their midst, for all to see.  But David himself, to whom God had promised an eternal kingdom---foresaw a little of what God had in store for the King who would come from David’s line.


David was a prophet, and like all the other prophets, he foresaw the Messiah ruling on the exalted throne in the heavens. 


Acts 2:30-33: Being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ to sit on his throne…he seeing this before spoke of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.  This Jesus has God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.  Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted


It is because Jesus is enthroned as the King that He is able to pour forth unto His people the blessings of His Messianic ministry in the earth.  Salvation from sin and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon His people is the first and foremost of the blessings bestowed by the exalted Messiah.


Acts 2:39:  The promise is unto you and to your children…and went further to embrace all nations…and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.


When Jesus died on the Cross He broke down the wall of partition between Jew and Gentile, opening the way for all men to become partakers of  the commonwealth of Israel…no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.


Jew and Gentile now redeemed by the same Cross, are no longer two peoples at enmity one with the other; but together in Christ, we are the one new man. (Eph. 2: 12-19)   We are all part of God’s one holy nation and are partakers together of the Covenant of Abraham.  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one who hangs on a tree; that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ…that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith (Eph. 3: 13, 14). 


Like Abraham, we now look for the City that has foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God.  It is the work of the Holy Spirit to bring forth in the earth this holy City, this heavenly Jerusalem, this Mount Zion, this Church of the living God---and to bring her to fullness, to completion, to perfection (Heb. 12: 22-23, Eph. 4: 8-16).


The Lord opened the understanding of the scriptures to the disciples so they were able to understand why it was expedient for Jesus to go to the heavenly throne.  His going away would not mean they would lack anything, or that His promises concerning the Kingdom would fail.  It was only in going away, that He would come to them again in an indwelling of His presence that He who was with them would be in them. 


It would be there from the heavenly throne that He would have all power and authority to rule over all nations, as well as over all the heavens.


   There exalted and crowned by the heavenly Father with glory and honor as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.


Heb. 2:9:  We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.


1 Ti. 6:15: Which in his times he shall show who is the blessed and only Po-ten-tate, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.


When he comes again, it will be in kingly power and dominion, but it is not to begin His Kingdom.  He came the first time to do that and He went away to continue doing that.  He remains there until the precious fruit of the earth is to be harvested.   Then He comes to cut down the fruitless trees, to root out the tares, to burn up the chaff, to consume the stubble, to bring to total devastation all the works of man; and to gather the wheat into His storehouse. (Matt. 13: 24-31).


He comes to consume all that is corrupt---socially, politically, economically, religiously, and environmentally.  He comes to gather out of His Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire.  There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth---then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father.  (Matt. 13: 41-43).


The heavenly ministry of the Messiah is more excellent than any earthly ministry could ever be.  The blood of bulls and goats merely covered sin for a season---they could never take them away.  In the New Covenant, sins are done away, never to be remembered in Heaven, and never again to defile the conscience of a people that have been purged from dead works to serve the living God.


The application of the Blood of Christ to our hearts and minds so erases sin and its scars that we see them no more, even as God sees them no more.


Everything about the ministration of the New Covenant from Messiah’s heavenly throne is better, better, better.


This is the Kingdom that Christ has established in the hearts of men in the earth.  Our prayer continues to be, Thy Kingdom come, your will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven.  He has all power in Heaven and earth to make it happen.


Rev. 19:16: He has on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.


God’s first son was manifested in weakness, rejection and suffering---long before He was manifested as the Son of God in resurrection glory.  So will it be with His younger brethren, they will not be manifested as the sons of God with power and glory until they have been manifested in the earth as followers of the Lamb, showing forth love, mercy and virtues of their Master in the midst of weakness and mortality.  How foolish to think they are above their Master.


The Husbandman continues to wait for the precious fruit of the earth.  God’s precious Covenant, ratified by the Blood of Jesus must yet come to ultimate fullness in His people.  The Son must yet receive the reward of His Sacrifice at the Cross.  The Father will continue to prepare a Holy Bride for His Son who is worthy of the very best that God’s grace and the power of the Creator can bring forth.  The Holy Spirit will be faithful in His work in the hearts of men to bring forth a Bride that is worthy of His Son, through the merits of precious Blood.  When he presents this spotless Virgin to Christ He will not have to apologize something like this: “here is the Bride you wanted Me to procure for your Son---still full of faults and blemishes I know,---but it’s the best I could do.”  He has all power and authority to bring forth the perfect Church, the perfect fruit, the perfect Bride that God authorized Him to prepare.


A reed shaken in the wind struck fear into the heart of the wicked, powerful Herod.  Jesus manacled with fetters caused a governor to tremble.  At his trial the soldiers entwine the briars into a crown of thorns and place it on His head.  They put a flimsy reed in His hand, and in mockery hail Him King of the Jews.  But in the wisdom of God and in the wisdom of the Cross that reed became His royal scepter of dominion over all creation.  The crown He wore became the crown of the anointed King who reigns eternally on Zion’s hill. 


How is it then that the lesser kings and the lesser lords of the Kingdom of Heaven are boasting about scepters of iron rods and crowns of gold?  They seem to think that Jesus became a Lamb so they could become lions.


God causes us to know that the crown of oil is a crown that confines us to His Kingdom.  The liberty of the spirit does not give us freedom to do our own thing, magnify and enlarge our own ministry, to come and go, to speak, to minister as we see fit.  This holy oil is for all of God’s people.  For this living sanctuary in the New Covenant is not some kind of religious system---not a building that has been dedicated to the glory of God.  The anointing oil confines us to His will.


We are His sanctuary; and God’s holy presence is the place where we sit before Him, to inquire in His Temple.  We must become totally heavenly minded, wearing the holy mitre upon our head, and the crown of holiness to the Lord ---if we are going to be of any earthly good here in the midst of men.  


True ministry is to ensure that the people to whom we minister are totally devoted to Christ, and not to us or to any religious system.  God will not pour his holy oil upon carnality. 


You cannot know love until you know God, for God is love.  You cannot find love without walking close to Him, learning of Him---learning obedience, taking up your cross, and following the Lamb wherever He goes.  God wants to bring us to Himself to bring us into His love.  One can’t just reach out and grasp it like a butterfly flying across your pathway, or like a blade of grass floating on the water.  Love is like the wind itself---the very atmosphere of Heaven which we were born to breathe.  Love is the ocean it self, into whose depths we must plunge---and in which we must live---if we are to become a people who are filled with the fullness of God’s love. 



Isa. 28:5:  In that day shall the Lord of hosts be for a crown of glory, and for a diadem of beauty, unto the residue of His people.



In January the Lord spoke to me that 2018 would be the year of the crown.  He gave our congregation three crowns:


  1. Crown of the Year
  2. A crystal Diadem
  3. A crown of loving-kindness.


Christ died for our sins and our salvation.  But He also died to establish His Kingdom on earth.  He wants a priestly people who will “reign in life”---a people who are “vessels of mercy”---who will have kingly authority to minister life to others, because of His ministration from the throne of Heaven. 


We have many volunteers for the throne---men/women who are looking for opportunities to take over earth’s resources and earth’s governments.  But God’s crowns are for those who are meek and humble.  The only crown of authority on their brow will be a priestly crown of oil.


Lev. 21:12:  For the crown of the anointing oil of his God is upon him.

P.S. - The Lord crowned our congregation with the Crown of Oil at the end of the service.  This makes four crowns this year for our congregation. 


Carolyn Sissom, Pastor

Eastgate Ministries Church

Scripture from K.J.V. – I entered into the labors of George H. Warnock (1917-2016) – Crowned With Oil.  Comments and conclusions are my own and not meant to reflect the views of Brother Warnock. 

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