When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” ~ Matthew 27:29
This week I started thinking about the crown of thorns that the soldiers put on Jesus as they were crucifying Him on the cross. The middle of my mind was asking if there was something special about the thorns. So I tried to wrap the rest of my mind around that thought. All this thinking led me to these two conclusions.
Thorns were part of the curse God put on man after man sinned in the garden.
Thorns were part of the mockery man put on Jesus as He was removing the curse.
First, thorns didn’t exist in the Garden of Eden. They were never a part of God’s wonderful creation. Thorns came into existence as part of the judgement of God after SIN entered the creation. Genesis chapter 3 records the fall of man and the resulting judgement. God dealt with the serpent, then He spoke to Eve and finally, God gave His judgement to Adam. That’s where thorns are mentioned as part of the curse on the ground that man would now have to work in order to eat. It’s like God made the thorns to remind man of his sin. A physical symbol of fallen man that would have to be dealt with as man worked the ground.
Later, thorns would play a role in another judgement. This time though it would be when man judged Jesus and condemned Him to die. But death was not enough. For some reason a crown of thorns was used to ridicule and mock Jesus.
Sometimes I like to try to get into the mind of other people as I try to understand their actions. These men who had been beating Jesus and soon would put him on the cross, decided to mock Jesus before they finished the job. I wonder if somehow the soldiers knew that when they made a crown using thorns, they were using what God had made for judgement. ONE HUGE DIFFERENCE THOUGH, they were using it as a mockery of God’s authority. I thought about how far we had gotten from God. In the garden, Adam and Eve still feared God even after their sin. We read in Genesis 3 that when God came into the garden, they hid from God. Shame had driven them from wanting to be in God’s presence. And now at the cross, men were mocking the authority of God without fear. It’s like if we only would look we can see clearly the depravity of man.
All my life I’ve heard about how satan thought he had won the victory when Jesus died on the cross. As I was thinking about this crown of thorns, I could almost imagine that satan was there when they pushed it down onto the head of Jesus. I can almost hear satan saying “Here’s your judgement! Here’s your punishment!” And the ironic thing is, all judgement and punishment was placed on Jesus. He suffered the wrath of God so that I didn’t have to. The crown of thorns was a reminder at the cross of where sin started and at the same time where sin was dealt with once and for all.
I still don’t know for sure why they made a crown of thorns. I think the question came to mind to make me take a closer look at the cross and what it all means. I do know this though. Jesus died on the cross for our sin. Mine and yours. He gave up His life freely. For you and for me. My prayer is that somehow these thoughts that I have shared will make you stop and consider the crown, the King, and His sacrifice on the cross.
Is Jesus your Lord and Savior?
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. ~ John 3:16