“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself,
lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
“And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head…” Mark 15:17.
Why a crown of thorns? Pain. Have you ever known pain of body, mind, or soul that pierced your heart until you believed it would overcome you? So did Jesus.
“And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy; And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful until death…And being in agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Mark 14:33,34; Luke 22:44.
When Jesus prayed for the cup of suffering to pass from him, the Father answered, “No”, but sent angels to minister strength to him in his hour of need. And, yes, He will minister strength to you, walk with you, and deliver you through your pain.
Why a crown of thorns? Humility.
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Phil. 2:8.
Christ sought the Father three times for deliverance. The Father did deliver Him but not from suffering.
The apostle Paul also sought God for deliverance from a thorn in his flesh. The answer Paul received, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2Cor. 12:9.
When thorns are your crown instead of stars remember Jesus, remember Paul and humble yourself under the mighty hand of God.
The soldiers’ crowned Jesus with thorns but that was not the crowns of His Father.
“There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish…Ps. 132:17,18; But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man…Heb. 2:9; His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns…” Rev. 19:12.
After the crown of thorns the soldiers,
“…began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!”
Who has not felt the sting of being mocked, misunderstood, and maligned? Jesus knew it all. But the end of the story is not yet. Another day will bring the last laugh.
“Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords…And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” (1Tim.6:15; Rev. 19:16).
“He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision…Ps. 2:4; The wicked plotted against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. The Lord shall laugh at him: for he seeth that his day is coming…Ps. 37;12,13; “Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear? But thou, O Lord shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.” Ps. 59:7,8.
The soldiers had the audacity and ignorance to continue their ridicule when they,
“…bowing their knees worshipped him.”
The only worship acceptable to the Father is that done in spirit and in truth. One day all will bow.
“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father…Phil. 2:10,11; And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Rev. 14:6,7.
That judgment hasn’t yet come but as sure as there is a just, holy, and loving God in heaven and just as sure as He sent His only begotten Son into this world to take our judgment of death so we could have life, there is a judgment waiting for those who will not receive the Father’s precious Gift. Now is the time to…
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Ps. 2:12.
Have you put your trust in Jesus Christ or are you adding more thorns to the soldiers’ crown and joining in their mockery? Jesus loves you. Look at the cross and you will know.