There are seven significant crowns in the New Testament. A crown was not always made of gold or silver. More often than not it was a wreath or a garland. The first crown we are looking at was made of something else -- something very unlikely, especially for the one who wore it, Jesus Christ. We begin with the Crown of Thorns. "Then the governor's soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. 'Hail, king of the Jews!' they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again" (Matthew 27:27-30). No wonder this crown is sometimes called "the crown of mockery." Notice that it was made of thorns. The first mention of thorns in the Bible is connected with the curse brought on the earth by sin. God told Adam, "Cursed is the ground because of you...It will produce thorns and thistles for you" (Gen. 3:17, 18). I was once hired by a farmer to rid a field of thorns and thistles. It was long, hot work. By the end of the first day I was so angry with Adam because of his sin! The crown of thorns remind us that Christ had to become a curse for us. "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree,' He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus..." (Gal. 3:13, 14). Although the rough Roman soldiers meant the crown of thorns as mockery, God used it to bring us redemption. The next time you see a thorn, think of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore for you.
Strength for Today
Strength for Today is a daily devotional thought penned by Victor Knowles of Peace on Earth Ministries.
Victor Knowles - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
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