A twisted crown of thorns

“Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him.

And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ and struck him with their hands.

Pilate went out again and said to them, ‘See, I am bringing him out to you that you  may know that I find no guilt in him.’  So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe.

Pilate said to them, ‘Behold the man!'” (John 19: 1-5)

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“If there be one place where our Lord Jesus most fully becomes the joy and comfort of His people, it is where he plunged deepest into the depths of woe … behold the Man in the garden of Gethsemane; behold His heart so brimming with love that He cannot hold it in — so full of sorrow that it must find a vent. Behold the bloody sweat as it distils from every pore of His body, and falls upon the ground.  Behold the Man as they drive the nails into His hands and feet.  Look up, repenting sinners, and see the sorrowful image of your suffering Lord. Mark Him, as the ruby drops stand on the thorn-crown, and adorn with pricelessgems the diadem of the King of Misery.  Behold the Man when all His bones are out of joint, and He is poured out like water and brought into the dust of death; God hath forsaken Him, and hell compasseth Him about.  Behold and see, was there ever sorrow like unto His sorrow that is done unto Him? … look upon this spectacle of grief, unique, unparalleled, a wonder to men and angels, a prodigy unmatched.  Behold the Emperor of Woe who had no equal or rival in His agonies!  Gaze upon Him, ye mourners, for if there be not consolation in a crucified Christ there is no joy in earth or heaven.  If in the ransom price of His blood there be not hope … there is no joy in you, and the right hand of God shall know no pleasures for evermore. We have only to sit more continually at the cross foot to be less troubled with our doubts and woes … we have but to gaze into His wounds and heal our own.  If we would live aright it must be by the contemplation of His death; if we would rise to dignity, it must be by considering His humiliation and sorrow.”   (Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, MacDonald Publishing Company, p. 409)

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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