by Lexie Elsey
What was the crown of thorns really for?
|The story of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ is one of the most popular stories among Christians. However, after 16 years of my life, I discovered that the famous crown of thorns Jesus wore was not as it is often thought of today.
While in a group, going through the book of Matthew, we stopped after Matthew 27: 27-31 to talk about what we read.
“27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ they said. 30.They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.”
A friend of mine interrupted our discussion. She said she’d always thought they had just simply placed the thorns on his head. Then it hit me; that was what I had always thought too-- but why? Why would it make sense to believe that the crown of thorns was gently placed upon the head of Christ-- as what, some kind of fashion statement? Sure, it was used as a form of mocking as, “...they knelt in mockery, yelling, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’” But that wasn’t its only purpose. It was meant to cause him pain-- not to be a beautiful hair accessory in present-time paintings of the fashion dynamo Jesus Christ!
We seem to focus more on the idea of his hands and feet being hammered into the cross, which, ouch, that had to hurt, but imagine having that bashed into your head! So, ask yourself, did you ever think of it that way?