Crowned with thorns

When Jesus was charged with a death-worthy crime, the soldiers braided thorns into a makeshift crown and placed them on his head (Joh 19,2). They put on a purple robe and mocked him with the words, "Hail, King of the Jews!" As they hit him in the face and trampled him.

The soldiers did it to enjoy themselves, but the Gospels include this story as an important part of Jesus' trial. I suspect that they are interweaving this story because it has an ironic truth - Jesus is the king, but his reign would be preceded by rejection, mockery, and suffering. He has a crown of thorns, because he is the ruler of a world full of pain, and as the king of this corrupt world, he proved his right to reign by suffering pain himself. He was crowned with thorns (only by great pain) (he was given authority).

Meaning also for us

The Crown of Thorns is also important to our lives - it's not just part of a movie scene where we are overwhelmed with the suffering that Jesus went through to be our Savior. Jesus said that if we want to follow him, we have to take our cross daily - and he could just as easily have said that we have to wear a crown of thorns. We are connected to Jesus in the crucible of suffering.

The crown of thorns has meaning for Jesus and it has meaning for every person who follows Jesus. Like the 1. As Moses describes, Adam and Eve rejected God and made the decision to find out for himself what is evil and good.

There is nothing wrong with knowing the difference between good and evil - but it is wrong to suffer evil because it is the path of thorns, the path of suffering. Since Jesus came to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom of God, it is no surprise that humanity, still alienated from God, rejected it and expressed it with thorns and death.

Jesus accepted this rejection - he accepted the crown of thorns - as part of the bitter cup to suffer what people suffer, so that he could open the door for us to escape with him this world of tears. In this world, governments place thorns on the heads of citizens. In this world, Jesus suffered all that they wanted to do to him so that he could redeem us all from this world of godlessness and thorns.

The world to come will be ruled by the man who has overcome the thorny way - and those who have given him their loyalty will take their place in the government of this new creation.

We all learn about our crowns of thorns. We all have to carry our cross. We all live in this fallen world and share their pain and worry. But the crown of thorns and the cross of death have their counterparts in Jesus asking us, "Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy laden; I want to refresh you. Take my yoke on you and learn from me; for I am meek and humble of heart; so you will find peace for your selenium. Because my yoke is gentle, and my burden is light "(Mt 11,28-29).

by Joseph Tkach


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