God’s Word for Today: Crown
James 1-12. Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
Have you ever worn a crown? Personally, as far as I can remember, I have not had the distinct privilege of such decoration on my head. That being said, realize it means I have never won a beauty pageant or a popularity contest. That is OK. I don’t know if Carlson has ever been a name associated with Royalty. Maybe a royal pain in the back side? Do crowns on my teeth count?
I remember my high school days, being selected as King and Queen of homecoming was a pretty cool honor. I don’t have a clue where the crowns even came from. What I remember the most was the convertible cars that the Royalty got to ride in around the football field, so everyone could applaud. The car was usually some huge boat looking thing that was all shined up and ready for show. The crown, oh well. The car, a work of true craftsmanship.
Jesus was presented a crown. It did not include shiny jewels or any sort of bling. Rather, it was adorned with sharp barbs like a rose bush. There is only a brief description and mention of Jesus’ crown of thorns. Here we have the most important crown of all time, and there is not much reflection except ridicule. What do you think of when you consider Jesus’s crown? Can you find anything with the semblance of good about this crown?
First, someone took some time to construct this circle of thorns. There had to be a little thought and effort put into it. Did they even have good leather gloves back in that time? Or, did the weaver of the crown of thorns end up with bleeding hands as well?
Next, think of what this crown signifies. We tend to put a lot of emphasis on the holes in Jesus’ hands and feet from being nailed on the cross. There are many sermons about Jesus’ garments being gambled for by the soldiers. But why the crown? What happened to this crown when Jesus was removed from the cross and taken to the tomb? Was it thrown into the ditch of the road that passed right by the crucifixion area? Did someone pick it up and save it for future use or as memorabilia? Or, did someone step on it, causing profanity and a bloody foot? I cannot answer these latter questions. I can answer the first.
Jesus crown signifies the fact that He really was the King of all kings. It points to the fact that the greatest man that ever walked the earth did not seek treasures and jewels we all seem to spend a life pursuing. Instead, Jesus’ crown contained all the pain and suffering we face each day. He took the thorns of our lives, the very things that cause us the most pain, and wore them to His death. All your strife, worries, hurts, aches, insults, shame, guilt, and sins that make you bleed from the inside of your heart. Jesus showed He would wear them for you.
Today realize that when you put Jesus first, in your life, there are going to be those that ridicule you. Just like the crown of thorns Jesus wore was supposed to ridicule His claims as King of the Jews, you will feel those same thorns cutting into your scalp. You will then have a choice. Remove the crown and follow the ways of this world, or wear your crown proudly because it signifies the almost unimaginable love that Jesus bore just for you…
Prayer: Dear God, whose love surpasses any crown I could ever receive. Thank you for what Jesus’ crown of thorns means. Forgive me for the times I have let a little ridicule take me away from your love and grace. Help me to wear my crown of thorns with the same humble and serving attitude the Jesus bestowed upon me. In Jesus’, the king of all kings, name I pray. Amen.