Thorns For A Crown
It was not a every day event that Jesus wore a crown of thorns. It was the crowning achievement of Godís plan that sin would be represented by the pain and suffering of thorns digging into his forehead. It reminded him of the day Abraham was sacrificing his one and only son when off in the distance he saw a lamb caught in the thorn thickets. Thorns are represented again in the parable of the sower where sin choked Gods
word and prevented God's word from bearing fruit. Even though we see Jesus wearing a crown of thorns we also see Israelís Priests strongly objecting to the preparations made by Pilate. He prepared a notice to prominently display his displeasure on the cross above Christís saying he was Jesus Of Nazareth, The King Of The Jews. To Godís glory Pilate declared that he found no reason to condemn this man to death and with this notice he showed his anger towards the Jews.
This was another day in the history of man reminding God of the curse given to Adam for the sins of man.
To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. Genesis 3:17-18
Can you remember the days when you pushed your way through thorns for a blackberry pie. Let me say that it is not the most pleasant way to spend an afternoon and the evening when those thorns irritated your hands, arms and legs. You donít often take time to put on long trousers, a long sleeved shirt and wear gloves. The thorns donít always remind to protect yourself before going into the berry patch until you spend the night pulling those
annoying thorns of out of your hide. However, the aroma floating through the house of that scrumptious berry pie and the piece of pie before you go to bed rewards your effort. And even though you have hundreds of scratches all over you, the berry pie seems to make the effort well worth the pain.
In the same way, sin is like the craving we have for a occasional pie and the work we must do to have it. While wanting the pie itself is not sin, itís the desires we have that corrupts our moral fabric. The work that we go through is like that we went through for the berry pie. For a time we enjoyed the fruits of our labor, but then we must do something to remove those pesky thorns. In the same way, we have to deal with the sin we bring
into our lives. Just as the pain and suffering from the thorn find you out, your sins will find you out. Sin is a cruel master because your sin will point its fingers at you and condemn you as guilty. Your desires and craving for the pie gave birth to a desire to go into the bushes for those berries. The Bible says,
Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:15
Through out the Bible, thorns were used to show the choking affect that sin had on his word. Jeremiah heard God say, Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns. Jeremiah 4:3. Our father and our Lord Jesus Christ used thorns as examples of what sin would do to your lives. Jesus said,
The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
Jesus referred to thorns as the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of riches and the things of this world that nag us and choke our ability to prosper. He did not mean the things of life caused sin, Jesus wanted to bring out the importance of our priorities. The choking effect from the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth rob God of his rightful place as your God.
It is not the thorns of life that stifle our ability to be a Christian and it is not our fear of being rejected by the world. It is the lack of setting priorities. The most important priority of Christian life is to set our minds on things above and to the person of Jesus Christ.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' Mark 12:30
God said, you are not of this world, come out and separate yourself from the thorns of the world. We also find that Abraham obeyed God and was going to sacrifice his only son, but was rescued by the Lamb God clinging to the thorns of life. Christian life is a commitment to cling to and serve him who wore a crown of thorns and who paid the penalty for our sins on the cross. All because he loves you
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