Crown of Thorns



Have you ever considered the significance of the crown of thorns? The crown of thorns was placed on Jesus’ head by the Roman soldiers as a mockery. In Matt 27:29 and John 19:2-5, we are told that these Romans put a staff in His hand and a crown on His head, and then, they shouted “Hail, king of the Jews!” These soldiers took a symbol of royalty to disparage Jesus.

However, let’s go deeper into this “crown of thorns.” Did you know that when Adam and Eve sinned, that God cursed the ground? In Genesis 3:17-18, “And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;”

Oh my friend, sin has affected everything including the ground, all creation, and every human. It is fascinating the Romans took the thorns, which represented sin, and placed it on the One who would redeem us from the curse, the curse of sin. See, on the cross, Jesus took all the sin of the world. Fittingly, what the Romans meant for mocking, God used to symbolized His plan of redemption.

How should we understand the “crown of thorns” as believers? It is not by mistake Jesus wore this crown. We see the two facets of Christ on the cross, the suffering servant in Isaiah 53, to the King of kings in Revelation 19:16. The crown of thorns was how He went to the cross. but the thorns are no longer adorned by Christ, for He is crowned in glory! He is worthy!

“But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” H

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