JN 19:2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe..
Have you ever wondered why a crown of thorns was placed on Christ’s head by the Roman centurions? Thorn trees are not that prolific in Jerusalem to start with; so why thorns?
Well I will tell you one possible explanation, and it came to both my pastor and me during a study on marriage some years ago; it was one of those beautiful insights or revelations which God gives us every now and again from His word…pearls not to be thrown to swine.
The verse which we were studying was Gen 3:17 and 18…It is after the fall of Adam and Eve and God is setting out His judgment upon mankind, and says “Cursed is the ground because of you. In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. 18 “Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you.
From the foregoing it would appear that prior to the fall of man in the beautiful and perfect Garden of Eden, that perfect Paradise, there were no thorns or thistles.
DEUT 21:23 “his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God. Jesus Christ went to His cruel death upon the cross of Calvary, not only with the sins of mankind upon His shoulders, but He faced the absolute indignity of being hanged upon a cursed tree and finally by having to wear that cruel mocking crown of cursed thorns upon His head.
And to think that you and I were those thorns which Jesus carried to His death; causing Him so much pain and suffering.
Crown of Thorns
Acacia, crown of desert thorn.
No priceless pearls or Gold
Upon Christ’s head was borne,
To Cavalry’s cross I’m told.
Void of gems in shades of Tourmaline
Only blood crimson crown of red.
Twas not the richest crown ere seen,
But hideous thorns instead
Those thorns of sin stand in our place,
Representing thee and me
For ere Adam fell from Godly Grace
No thorns grew on that tree.
Alf Hutchison “Sounds of Distant Drums”
Isn’t it time you asked Him for forgiveness? And asked Him to come into your life; He is waiting for you right now where you sit.
JN 3:16 “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.
There is no better time than right now to spread the Gospel; why not do it?