Ralph's Daily Devotional - Thursday, March 22

Matthew 27:29 speaks of a crown of thorns that the Roman soldiers placed on Jesus' head as a mockery to His claim of being the King of the Jews.

Thorns hold an important symbolic place in Scripture.  The word can represent any type of bramble bush, and is a natural protection of the plant.  Genesis 3:18 seems to imply that thorns are a curse from God that resulted from Adam's sin.  Possibly, there were no thorns prior to sin, but it's more likely that thorns are a natural part of creation.  Genesis 3:18 may simply be stating that because of sin, thorns now literally represent a much greater hindrance to man in his daily life compared to the relative blessing and ease prior to his rebellion. 

Thorns always symbolize a curse.  There will be no thorns in Heaven!  When the crown of thorns was placed on Jesus, it was used to mock Him.  However, little did they realize that these thorns placed on the Lord were also a symbol of His sacrifice for our sin.  Jesus took on Himself the curse of sin on our behalf and died in our place.  As Paul states, "He who knew no sin, became sin for us."  The terrible curse of Genesis and the symbol of thorns becomes for us fully realized in Jesus on the cross and His crown of thorns.  Although King and Lord, He was at that moment a sin offering!  But through His cross the victory over sin, Satan and death has been forever.

When He returns, His crown will be not one of thorns but that of glory as the everlasting King of Kings!

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