The crown of thorns was a symbol of Jesus’ kingship of the Jews but in a mocking fashion. The Roman soldiers had dressed Him in purple, the colour of royalty and placed the crown of thorns on His head to mock Him. The board that was nailed to His cross, used to describe his crimes, said “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” in Latin, Greek and Aramaic, the three languages of Palestine at that time.

{John 19:1-7} Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged severely.  The soldiers braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe.  They came up to him again and again and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they struck him repeatedly in the face.  Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, “Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation against him.” So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Look, here is the man!”  When the chief priests and their officers saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify him! Crucify him!” Pilate said, “You take him and crucify him! Certainly I find no reason for an accusation against him!” The Jewish leaders replied, “We have a law, and according to our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God!”

Jesus was in fact the King of the Jews, the King of Judah, and the King of all mankind but He was not recognised by those to whom He came as their Messiah, their anointed King. The crown of thorns is a sign of their rejection.  Thorns throughout scripture are used to describe evil men, perverse actions and oppressive circumstances. All of these were laid upon Jesus by God to pay the price for all the evil in the world done by men from the beginning of time to the end. By His wounds we are healed.

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