by Judi M.A. McLaren
The Immortal Ending
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.
No matter the religion, holy word, or scripture you follow, the image of the Crown of Thorns elicits the same response when studied in earnest. The pain and blood shed from the humble head of a man who was named a mock King by those who feared him the most would become synonymous with the weak and trembling non-believer.
After the final verdict and death decree, Jesus was forced to atone through the throngs of angry and disillusioned mobs that lined the Praetorium to the Hill of Calvary, where all could witness the blood that the crown enslaved him under, even in death.
This symbolism was juxtaposed from the Garden of Eden when the sins of man were brought forth by an unknowing Eve when she was beguiled into eating from the fruit of knowledge for once she was able to see all that God knew, the world would be wrapped in sin. God chose the holy Mother as the vassal to bring forth an image in His own name, His own son, to therefore walk the lands, spread the way of forgiveness and allow him to become the bearer of all sins.
While a crown of thorns would be exceedingly painful, the crown of thorns was more about mockery than it was about pain For Christians, the crown of thorns is a reminder of two things:
• Jesus was, and is, indeed a king.
• One day, the entire universe will bow to Jesus as the “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16)
The Beginning of the Word
and the curse from God against the land.
“… the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone”
The Jujube tree from Jerusalem grows the branches from which these thorns are found. Each thorn spike measures at least an inch long or more. The rough, knotty exterior of the prickled thorns were a product of the fall of man, a consequence of the entrance of sin into the world and when woven into a circlet and pressed into the head would have been excruciatingly painful. As a result of the pain caused by the crown of thorns, God made true His word that the earth would forever be plagued by crops of thorns and thistles until the crucifixion shed all sins all away.
And as it was prophesized and brought as the new truth under a starry beacon, the wisdom was delivered back into the hands of the almighty Father, God, and once again remained until all blemish and tainted imbrued blood stain was washed away by the gentle lamb. The Crown of Thorns became the victory of laurel as worn by a simple carpenter’s son and the universal sign of cleansing and rebirth.