Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Meditating on the Thorns of His Crown

It must be noted the significance of Genesis 3: 18

18Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

I have always understood that because of sin thorns and thistles came to be, but I thought primarily to confound and frustrate men who work the grounds of the earth. But now I must add that the effect of sin on this world even more drastically affected God. When mankind turned on God and desired to be gods and therefore ate that fruit and sin entered the world; can you imagine the thorns and thistles growing up out of the ground before the face of the LORD! How he must have looked at them and foresaw His suffering; foresaw the evil men twisting....perhaps the Bible describes it best (Matthew 27)

29and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. "Hail, king of the Jews!" they said. 30They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him.

My finger still remembers the prick from these thorns! How horrible of a people we are to constantly have to be reminded of the staff that struck repeatedly on our Lord Jesus' head driving the thorns deeper and deeper into His skull. How evil of a people we are NOT to constantly live a life that remembers without ceasing what God has done for us. Instead we live for the materials of this world and forget that it will all amount to nothing; it will all burn. Only that which we have in Jesus is eternal. Let THAT be remembered, reminded, and taught to our children, to our friends, to our loved ones.
The thorns were a curse to every man, but let us not forget that ultimately this curse was to be on His Son because God was going to send His Son Jesus to be an atoning sacrifice for our sins. And so Genesis 3:18 can be seen as NOT ONLY a curse directed toward Adam, but also toward the Second Adam, our Lord Jesus Christ.
How RIGHTEOUS He is to make sure Sin is punished. How much He LOVES because He took that curse on sinners and put it upon His perfect self, so that WE can be free.


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