…and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
– Matthew 27:29
Today is Good Friday, the day on which some 2000 years ago Jesus of Nazareth was nailed to a Roman cross just outside the walls of Jerusalem.
Have you ever wondered why Jesus wore a crown of thorns?
Clearly, the Roman soldiers put it on his head to mock him. Jesus had been hailed “King of the Jews”, so the Romans considered him an insurrectionist.
But there is a deeper meaning.
Back in Genesis chapter 3, we read about what happened when sin entered the world. When by their rebellion and disobedience to his commands, people first told God, “we don’t trust you and we don’t want you – we know better than you what is best for us” – as sin entered into the world, it brought with it a curse: the curse of death.
This curse affected all of creation, and amongst the various effects of this curse, we read:
cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;
thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you
– Genesis 3:18
Do you see the symbolism of the crown of thorns? Thorns, the symbol of the curse of sin and death, were placed upon Jesus’ head because on the cross Jesus was taking our curse upon himself, so that we might be set free from it.
He hung on a wooden cross. Why? Because in his death, he was taking our curse – the curse of sin and death – upon himself.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”
– Galatians 3:13
In the same way, the crown of thorns symbolized our curse, which Jesus took upon himself on the cross, so we could be redeemed.
Have a wonderful Good Friday, reflecting on the fact that “It is Finished!”
And don’t forget: Sunday is coming…