Posted by: peebles | April 3, 2012

John 19:5 ~ (KJV) Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns.

What a vivid picture of Jesus we see in our text today as he stood before the people, not crowned with gold or silver, or any ornamented jewels, but with a crown of thorns. When the enemy wanted this crown of thorns to represent a crushing defeat, Jesus used it as an instrument of victory over the curse of barrenness, so we in turn can live in His fruitfulness. 

As the hymn writer Isaac Watts (1674-1748) once wrote:

See from His head, His hands, His feet, sorrow and love, flow mingled down,

Did`er such love or sorrow meet, or thorns compose so rich a crown.  

When Jesus was presented before the crowd, wearing the crown of thorns, they saw only a blood covered figure with His body beaten and torn. They no longer wanted to even look upon Him or acknowledge him, however when every believer looks upon Jesus they see the monarch of the realm of suffering, not wearing a symbol of shame but a crown of victory. 

It is also a interesting to note that engraved upon a wall which speak about Roman history, Jesus Christ is seen wearing not a crown of thorns but a victor’s wreath, a crown of a champion who has conquered. For through the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ He conquered sin, death, hell and the grave. 

Who defeats my fiercest foes? Who consoles my saddest woes?

Who receives my fainting heart, healing its entire hidden smart?

Jesus crowned with thorns! 

My friend, one day soon Jesus will come forth, not wearing a crown of thorns, but a crown of glory, of love, of life and of peace. For He is crowned forever more the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. 

Just as the old hymn writers once penned, in the words of this song amazing song written by Matthew Bridges (1800-94) and Godfret Thring (1832-1903)

Crown him with many crowns, the Lamb upon his throne,
Hark! How the heavenly anthem drowns, all music but its own.
Awake, my soul, and sing, of him who died for thee,
and hail him as thy matchless King, through all eternity. 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.

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