Written by Daniel Hazard
"…we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor…"
Quinn G. Caldwell
Even the fanciest of human-made crowns can't compete with the one Jesus wears. To get a sense of it, climb a mountain high above the clouds, stand with a low sun at your back, and look down into the cloud layer. If you're lucky, you'll see your shadow wearing a crown a little like the one they say Jesus has.
This rarely-experienced optical phenomenon is called—you guessed it—a glory. No one quite understands how it happens, though it has to do with sunlight being bent and scattered back at the viewer.
What you have to scale a mountain in a rainstorm to maybe see, Jesus wears all the time because he scaled a cross in a firestorm. When he did it, it changed everything. The author of Hebrews claims that because of what Jesus gave up and what he refused to give up, because of what he let go of and refused to let go of, because of what he sacrificed and because of what he refused to sacrifice, the whole universe bent around him forever. His gravitational pull is now so strong that there is nothing in this world or the next, not even light itself, that can encounter him without being reflected, refracted, or rerouted into a new and more beautiful course.
I sure hope that's true; it's my only hope.
God, I don't need to be Jesus' hat. But I sure would like to have him bend my life like that light and send it off in a new direction, shining like glory. Amen.
Quinn G. Caldwell is Pastor and Teacher at Plymouth Congregational Church, UCC, in Syracuse, New York, and co-editor, with Curtis J. Preston, of the Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ, published by The Pilgrim Press.