“And twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ ” Matthew 27:29
Here the soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head, to mock him as the King of the Jews. These soldiers took a symbol of royalty and majesty, a crown and turned it into something painful and degrading. Yet Jesus endured the pain, the insults, and the shame all on our account, that we might be free from the curse.
The crown of thorns symbolized the curse of sin being placed on Jesus’s head. He died as the perfect sacrifice for our sins, so that the curse that came upon this earth because of sin, can be removed for those that believe in him.
He conquered sin and death through his death and resurrection, so that all those who repent and believe on Him can be saved. This is what Easter is all about.
Genesis 3:17-19 (MSG)
He told the Man:
“Because you listened to your wife
and ate from the tree
That I commanded you not to eat from,
‘Don’t eat from this tree,’
The very ground is cursed because of you;
getting food from the ground will be as painful as having babies is for your wife; you’ll be working in pain all your life long. The ground will sprout thorns and weeds, you’ll get your food the hard way, Planting and tilling and harvesting, sweating in the fields from dawn to dusk, Until you return to that ground yourself, dead and buried; you started out as dirt, you’ll end up dirt.”
Genesis 3:19 tells us part of the curse that came as a result of Adam and Eve's sin was working hard by the sweat of your brow. This refers to the stress, struggle and anxieties that come with working hard and yet producing little. However “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13).
Jesus wore the crown of thorns so that you can work stress-free and yet have results. He wore the crown of thorns for you so that you can have peace of mind. He wore the crown of thorns for you and took your curse so that you can wear the crown of glory and be restored to righteousness with all the benefits of that righteousness.
So next time you see a robin, let his red breast remind you of that crown of thorns Jesus wore for you.