Was on my way home from work and saw a yellow post which had scratch marks around the middle. A picture of a crown of thorns came to my mind.
I went back and took and picture and immediately thought of Jesus when the Roman soldiers put a crown of thorns on his head. My heart was filled with deep sorrow and sadness. It was our sins that pierced the head of Jesus.
I looked up to Jesus and couldn’t say anything. Then, I heard a voice in my heart saying, I went through this for you. I love you.
I asked Jesus to cleanse me of all my sins and change my heart and mind. I asked if he could make me immune to sin. Then, I heard Him say; Would you go through it like I did?
When thinking about this, I realized that it is fully possible for God to keep you immune to sin and the ways of the world. But God does not, instead He allows us to go through life and temptation, in order to develop character, grow spiritually and rely on His grace, strength, and help.
Significance of and symbolism behind the Crown of Thorns
When Adam and Eve sinned against God in the Garden of Eden, the seeds were sowed for thorns and thistles. The thorns that pierced the head of our dear Lord and Saviour were not planted by God but by the sins of our parents Adam and Eve, our sins and the devil.
Genesis 3:18-20 – “Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.”
The ground was cursed because Adam and Eve disobeyed God and listened to the devil. This curse made the thorns grow long and sharp. This is very symbolic; the thorns were meant to prick our (sinners) conscience and hearts, rather than cut our hands or feet.
Because of our sins, our conscience will always prick our guilty souls with sharp thorns. The crown of thorns is the badge of sin, stamped on the forehead of every person. This is the price we pay for disobeying the eternal living God.
Jesus was sinless and came to take away our badge of sin. In his mercy for us, He wore our crown of thorns (filthy badge of sin). He assumed the full uniform of a sinner, to save our souls. By wearing our crown of thorns, Jesus became the victim of God anger, intended for sinners only (you and me).
Jesus took upon Himself the curse that came upon the human race after Adam and Eve sinned. Jesus saved us from God’s righteous anger and judgement. Through His crown of thorns, Jesus removed from our foreheads, the curse and badge of sin, and has brought upon us, God’s blessings. Read about the Covenant of Grace promised by God.
Jesus is always with us in our struggles and temptations. Just as He went through His crown of thorns for our sake, He will help us go through ours. Keep the faith, believe and follow Jesus with all you got and one day He will give you a new crown of life and righteousness. Read about the blood of Jesus.
The search for the authentic crown of thorns that were put on the head of Jesus still goes on till date. The Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris claims to have some of them in a circle of canes bundled together and held by gold threads. Despite numerous studies and historical and scientific research efforts, its authenticity cannot be certified.
The thorns were divided up over the centuries by the Byzantine emperors and the Kings of France. The British museum also claims to have a piece of the relic in The Holy Thorn Reliquary.
God be praised,
Mind On Jesus