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Mar 21 – A CROWN OF THORNS!
“When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand….” (Mathew 27:29).
A corny thorn was placed on the head of Jesus Christ and blood was oozing out of His head. The two thieves who were nailed on the cross along with Jesus Christ had not been crowned with the crown of thorns. The Romans had killed many persons by nailing on the cross, before and after the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ, but no one was made to wear the crown of thorns.
Jesus Christ alone was hung on the cross wearing a crown of thorns. He happily submitted Himself for this for your sake. There are around twenty-four kinds of cruel thorns in Israel. The sharpest and the most poisonous thorns among these were chosen for preparing the crown for Jesus Christ.
The power of the hade was let loose at that time. That was the time when Satan was wildly involved in taking revenge on Jesus Christ. The historical authors write that around six hundred soldiers stood around Jesus Christ and tortured Him. Already a crown of thorns had been placed on the head of Jesus Christ and the soldiers broke His head with sticks and logs of wood. The poisonous thorns pierced deep into His head. It has been written in some of the historical books that the thorns which pierced the head of Jesus protruded through His eyes.
Isaiah says, “He has no form or comeliness; and when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Isaiah 53:2). “Just as many were astonished at you, so His visage was marred more than any man, and His form more than the sons of men” (Isaiah 52:14).
Why should the crown of thorns be placed on His head? Why should it bring out His blood? The thorns indicate the curse. It was the second creation of God. When Adam sinned, the earth was cursed as a result. The ground brought forth only thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:17, 18).
Deadly sins of many people turn into a curse and tear the families like thorns. They continue to afflict generation after generation (Exodus 34:7), (Numbers 14:18). Since the curses came from God, He alone had to break it. That is why Jesus Christ came into this world and bore the curse on His head as a crown of thorns. The blood which comes out of His head due to the crown of thorns, brings the deliverance breaking every curse. To meditate: “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)” (Galatians 3:13).