Updated: May 19, 2020
This thorn is from my trip to Israel in 2015.
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” - 1 John 3:16
As you can see the image of the crown of thorns, I brought it from my journey trip in Israel in 2015. This is the baby thorns, but I can imagine it is more thicker when it grows into maturity. I couldn't fathom of what Roman soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on Jesus’ head with mockery. However, God has planned for Jesus to journey toward the crucifixion in His perfect plans and will. Jesus overcame His death and resurrection. What a beautiful well-executed plan!
History: After His trials and before His crucifixion, the Roman soldiers mocked at Jesus when they put a staff in His right hand and knelt before Him. They said, ”Hail, King of the Jews!” This was the final mockery from Roman soldiers. Jesus was being beaten, spit upon, and insulted by these soldiers. They made Him to be painful and degraded.
Two reminders of the crown of thorns for the Christians:
1. Jesus was, and is, in fact a king. One day, the entire people will bow to Jesus because He is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Revelation 19:16. It is clear that Christ was a suffering servant and has conquered Messiah-King. Isaiah 53 and Revelation 19.
2. Jesus accepted to endure pain, insults, and shame. We are accountable for this cause. He accepted to suffer His death and took our sins to replace with His grace. The crown of thorns He suffered are finished. Now He received the crown with no thorns but His worthy. He deserves the crown of His glory and honor. Hebrews 2:9.
Further to read in Genesis 3:17-18 and Galatians 3:13. It talks about the symbolism that included in the crown of thorns. His perfect atoning sacrifice and deliverance for us to free from the curse of sin is the beauty of what He has endured and overcame His death.