“Corona” is the Spanish word for “crown.” Several disciplines, including astronomy, botany, and architecture, use the word corona to describe a crown-like appearance in natural structures and in man-made structures. Coronaviruses derive their name from the visual crown that surrounds each virus. The name of the virus describes the visual appearance only.
It appears the novel coronavirus Covid-19 is not only visually a crowned virus, but many have literally crowned the virus with power to control people’s lives and alter the political and economic courses of the nations of the world. Commentators compare Covid-19 with the plagues of history, but it appears this time that a virus has been given undue power to create fear and submission.
There is a tendency in the heart of men to bestow crowns. Crowns often come in the form of bestowed power and honor. Historically, tribes of people crowned tribal leaders, regional societies lived under crowned leaders, countries advanced through the directives of crowned leaders. Today crowns continue to symbolize strength, power, wealth, wisdom, and honor.
At a moment in history there was a time when a crown mocked a leader. The leader for whom all crowns exist, Jesus, was brought to Pontius Pilate by an angry crowd that refused to honor his kingship. As they said in Luke 23:2, “we found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.” Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus answered him, “You have said so.” For his answer, a crown of thorns was placed on his head. The crown likely caused bleeding. It mocked Jesus and it stayed on his head as he was led to the cross. This King suffered under the mocking crown, but is now crowned with glory and is seated on high to reign over all creation. He truly is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Today, we should pause as we live under a crowned virus and consider that we ultimately live under a crowned King of the universe who has power over any virus. Colossians 1:15 and forward gives us hope in showing that “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Let’s remember the true Crown as we live out our days on this earth and be encouraged that the true Crown holds all things together!