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1/31/13 at 11:42 PM 1 Comments

The Crown of Thorns

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The Bible is filled with paradoxes, poetry and mystery. Why does the Son of God wear a crown of thorns and his followers wear a crown of glory?

In John chapter 19 we find the account of Jesus appearing before Pilate, the governor of Israel, and is sentenced to death.

"Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe." - John 19:1-2 ESV

Peter wrote about a different kind of crown reserved for the followers of Jesus

And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. - 1 Peter 5:4 ESV

Finally there is another account in the Bible about crowns. In the Book of Revelation we read about 24 elders in heaven:

They cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”

Some Bible scholars believe that Jesus' crown was made from thorns from a rose bush. Roses often symbolize love and it was God's love that compelled Jesus to die for us.

According to Natures Designs, "The Romans were very big into flowery courtyards where roses were in fact one of their favorite flowers. If you have ever trimmed rose bushes you know how their thorns have a tendency to grab and hold whatever bit of skin they snag. Would it not be ironic that the one who is referred to in scripture as "the rose of Sharon" might have been tortured by the very thorns from the kind of flower mankind has continually used to say I love you with?"

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