The Crown of Thorns

Matthew 27:27a says, “And when they platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head.” There are several thoughts to bear out in this crown of thorns that was placed upon the Savior’s head that we hope will encourage your love for Him as a child of God. The first thought is that it was a crown of mockery. They were mocking Him as a king. That’s why they also put a reed in his hand, representing a scepter and why they bowed to Him, showing forth a mock reverence. It’s why they spit upon Him instead of kissing Him and why they put a robe on Him. The second thought is that it was a crown of thorns. The thorns picture our sin. After the fall of man in the Garden of Eden, God told Adam that there will come thorns and thistles from the ground. The thorns represent our sin being placed upon Christ. The third thought is that this crown of thorns was placed upon the Savior’s head. This is representative of how Christ is the sin-bearer, the substitute of all His children that would believe upon Him. As our Head, our representative before the Father, He bears our sin debt. Christ received the crown of thorns as payment for our sin, and by faith we receive His righteousness. The crown of thorns accurately shows forth what II Cor. 5:21 declares: “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” Lastly, the crown of thorns reminds us of the pain of sin. Sin causes so much pain in this world, ask the family of the adulterer, drunk or druggie. Ask the family that has lost a loved one to a drunk driver or murderer. Sin causes us pain, our loved ones and those around us. Most of all though, sin caused our Savior pain. The pain of sin that the Savior went through on our behalf should encourage us to not indulge in sin. How can we that have been saved from sin by the price of Christ at Calvary continue in sin when we consider the crown of thorns? When sin seems to be getting its claws in you and drawing you away from the Savior let the crown of thorns sink into your mind that was embedded into the Savior’s brow on your behalf.