“So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands.”
-Jesus was scourged, beaten & humiliated for our sins. Clothed with a crown of thorns & a purple robe, Jesus was mocked & slaps on the face by Pilate & his troops. Through these bitter passions our redemption was birthed & our salvation came. Caiaphas the high priest planned these events probably due to competition in following; but Pilate never intended to crucify Jesus & alleged that he found no fault in Him. Amid the pressure elicited by the Jewish leaders to crucify Jesus, Pilate attempted to substitute Jesus with Barnabas who was a robber & murderer. Barnabas was guilty & deserved to die but Jesus was innocent & righteous; but this was the will of the Father. Christ thus became our substitute by replacing animal sacrifices which were temporary solutions for curing sin, so that we may have abundant life. We are sinners like Barnabas, Lord have mercy on us. Instead of us going to the cross for our sins, Jesus took our place & died on the cross for all our sins. Jesus the innocent One wore a crown of thorns so that we His children may wear the crown of glory. He wore a purple robe so that we may be clothed in robes of righteousness. We are called to rejoice for the salvation of the Lord has come to all men.
A crown is a traditional symbolic form of headwear, worn by a monarch or by a deity, for whom the crown traditionally represents power, legitimacy, victory, triumph, honor & glory, as well as immortality, righteousness & resurrection. God plants us in different fields so that we may grow & yield good fruits according to His will. The light of the great certainty that we have obtained victory through Christ should forever draw our weary eyes & weary of false glitters to Him; Who is the light of the world so that all evil may grow strangely dim. Jesus has promised to reward all those who run the race designed for eternity with an imperishable crown so that through faith in Him we may live in His grace now & forever. Through His merciful love, He May become a crown of glory; & a diadem of beauty to all His children (Isa 28:5).
Jesus You Who seated at the right hand of the Father crowned with glory, we praise You & bow down before You. You suffered shame & died for all our sins, we will forever glorify Your holy name. Take away all our sins we humbly ask You Lord & cover us with Your precious blood. Heal all those who are sick, suffering, homeless, orphans, widows, widowers, aged, unmarried, unemployed, barren, all those who are struggling in business, finances, employment, marriages, relationships & school. Heal us all Jesus from our struggles for by Your stripes we are healed. Now may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ & the love of God & the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now & forever more. Amen
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