This week the crown of heaven, Corona Borealis (The Northern Crown) reaches its highest point near the Zenith at about 11:00 pm.
Corona Borealis is one of the constellations associated with the zodiacal constellation Libra (the scales) which describes God's justice. Also associated with Libra are the constellations Lupus (the victim), a picture of the animal sacrifices of the Old Covenant, and Crux (the Southern cross) which pictures Christ's sacrifice in the New Covenant. Corona Borealis is symbolic of the crown of life (Heb 2:9,10) which Jesus has won for us through His sacrifice. Its bright star Gemma (the shining) shows Christ as the shining light of the world.
The heavenly crown is part of a larger celestial picture showing the struggle against Satan. Just below Corona Borealis is the picture of the head of the snake from the constellation Serpens (the serpent), reaching to take the crown. However, the snake is restrained by the constellation Ophiuchus (the serpent held), a picture of Jesus, showing that Satan's attempt to steal the crown of life has been foiled by Jesus.
Corona Borealis is also associated with Jerusalem, which is called a crown in the Bible (Isa. 62:1-3). In fact, the picture of the serpent reaching for the crown also shows Satan's attempt to destroy Jerusalem. Even after the sins of its inhabitants allowed the Babylonians and the Romans to sack the city, it still remains. In fact, it was 51 years ago this week that Jerusalem was recovered by Israel in the Six-Day War.
The crown is also a sign of Christ's first coming in the sun, moon and stars. It stood directly overhead at Zenith in Jerusalem in A.D. 30 when Christ earned the crown of life on the cross. The bright star Gemma (the shining) also signified God's presence in Jerusalem, first in the temple, then in Christ and finally living in the believers through the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
The heavenly crown, the serpent below and the serpent holder to the southeast are best viewed with binoculars. Also visible in Libra, south of the crown, is the planet Jupiter, which represents Christ the suffering Savior who won the crown of life for us. An interesting object within the heavenly crown is the variable Star R Cor Bor which occasionally goes dark because of carbon emissions. Some speculate that a similar phenomenon could have caused our sun to darken on the day Jesus was crucified.
So tonight, enjoy the northern crown, a picture of your own crown of life. And don't forget to tell someone how you got it.
Ron Allen is a Christian businessman, CPA and author who serves in local, national and international ministries, spreading a message of reconciliation to God, to men and between believers. He is founder of the International Star Bible Society, telling how the heavens declare the glory of God; the Emancipation Network, which helps people escape from financial bondage; and co-founder with his wife, Pat, of Corporate Prayer Resources, dedicated to helping intercessors.
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