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The Crown of Thorns

A Symbol of Our King's Sacrifice

In the poignant narrative of Mark 15:16-32, we're invited into a somber yet deeply transformative moment in history. This is a moment where mockery becomes a profound testament to divine kingship and sacrificial love. We must see not only the physical suffering of Jesus but the immense weight of what His journey to Golgotha signifies for each of us today.

The Mockery of Majesty

The scene unfolds in the Praetorium. Hundreds of Roman soldiers surround Jesus. They cloak Jesus in royal purple. Yet in their eyes, he is the object of ridicule. The soldiers placed the crown of thorns upon His head. The only reason there are thorns on this earth is a stark reminder the world has not wanted to recognize its true King. Here, in their mockery, the soldiers unwittingly proclaim Jesus as the King—not just of the Jews, but of all creation.

The irony is as rich as it is tragic. They attempt to demean but they unwittingly elevate. They strive to disfigure but they inadvertently disclose the heart of God's redemptive plan. Jesus, the true King, accepts a crown of thorns, embodying the curse of sin to usher in blessings for all who believe.

A King's Ransom for Love

We must be confronted with the reality of Christ's sacrifice. Jesus was led out to be crucified. He took this journey for us. When Jesus refused the wine mixed with myrrh, a gesture to numb the pain, he underscored His commitment to fully embrace the agony of the cross—for us. This is the depth of Jesus’s love, a love that chose suffering to bring about our redemption.

They valued His clothes more than His life. They divided His garments and hurled taunts at Him from below the cross. There is a stark contrast to be seen as the dregs of human depravity and the height of divine love are on display. Each act of mockery, each gesture of disdain, becomes a part of the mosaic of God's salvific plan. God is revealing a King who reigns from a cross to conquer sin and death.

The Sovereignty of Sacrifice

What might seem like the story's tragic end is, in fact, the cornerstone of our faith. Jesus, the mocked and crucified King, is the very embodiment of God's love and grace. Through Jesus’s suffering, He offers us a path to reconciliation. There is a way to be clothed in His righteousness rather than the filth of our transgressions.

The crown of thorns is not a symbol of defeat but of victory. Jesus’s kingship is defined not by earthly power but by sacrificial grace. In the ultimate display of sovereignty, Jesus transforms the instrument of torture into a diadem of salvation.

Embracing Our Identity in the King

Are we willing to recognize Jesus as our King? Not just in title but in truth. Do we understand that His sacrifice was for us, to redeem us, and to invite us into His eternal kingdom?

Is the gospel nothing more than a “Get out of Hell free” card? Or, do we confess Jesus is our Lord? Is Jesus only the lamb slain? Or, is Jesus the King of kings with all of the associated crown rights?

Jesus' sacrifice calls us to live in the light of His grace. We must embrace our identity as children of the King. Our king calls us to walk in a manner worthy of the calling we've received. Let us be people who reflect His love, carry our crosses, and serve in His kingdom with joy and humility. We are kings and priests in Jesus.

Bryan Schneider

Bryan Schneider

Husband to Olivia. Father of Nathan, Deborah, Daniel, & Ellie. Blessed to serve Sharon RP Church (sharonrpc.org). Loving Rural life.

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