This Month's Promise

“Jesus said ..., “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies.”

- (John 11:25)


Read: Matthew 27: 27-31


A CROWN OF THORNS


When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns ... Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!” (John 19:5)


Crowns have always been the sign of authority and kingship. Charlemagne, whom historians say should deserve to be called “great” above all others, wore an octagonal crown. Each of the eight sides was a plaque of gold, and each plaque was studded with emeralds, sapphires, and pearls. Richard, the Lion-Heart had a crown so heavy that two earls had to stand, one on either side to hold his head. The crown that Queen Elizabeth wears is worth over twenty million dollars. Edward II once owned nine crowns, something of a record. Put them all together, from all of Europe and from all of the East, all of the crowns are but trinkets compared to Christ’s crown. Revelation 19:12 says that on His head are many crowns. He wears a crown of righteousness. He wears a crown of glory. He wears a crown of life. He wears a crown of peace and power. But among all these crowns, one outshines the rest. It was not formed by the skilled fingers of a silversmith, nor created by a craftsman, but it was put together hurriedly by the rough hands of the Roman soldiers. It was not placed upon its wearer’s head in pomp and ceremony, but in the midst of mockery and ridicule and blasphemy. What crown was it? A crown of thorns! Mark 15:17, 19 say that the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on Jesus. They struck Him on the head with a staff and spit of Him.


Dear friends, the crown of thorns that Jesus wore belonged to us. It was we who deserved to wear that crown. It was we who deserved to feel the thrust of the thorns. It was we who deserved to feel the warm tickle of blood upon our brow. And it was we who deserved the pain. But Jesus wore the crown of thorns for us - for you and for me without any compensation. Instead He offers us His crown of life, the crown that does not fade. Let us not just feel sorry for what He has done. Let our hearts be filled with gratitude. Let us love Him and serve Him whoelheartedly all the days of our life.




PRAYER:  Lord Jesus, I deserve the cross. I deserve floggings and beatings, I deserve the crown of thorns. But you took upon yourself all the pain, instead you have given me joy, peace and life everlasting. Let me not be ungrateful to you but love you with all my being. Amen.