“The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they struck him in the face.” John 19:2-3
a crown is always associated with power and authority. a symbol of one’s superiority over his subjects. it stands for royalty, pride, grandeur, wealth and pomp.
but not the crown of Jesus. it was made of thorns that pierced his head and caused blood to gush on his face. his crown was a symbol of humility, sacrifice and love.
as human beings, it is in our nature to be drawn to that shining, sparkling crown which looks magnificent on top of our heads. we think that just because we wear one, everybody would look up to us. then it will lead us to think that we are far better than everybody else who does not wear one.
(please take note: we may also refer to physical beauty, wealth, power, fame as our crown.)
but what if that crown gets lost? maybe stolen or perhaps taken away? and what if that crown is the only source of our pride and joy? of our confidence and security? what then becomes of us minus the crown? we feel worthless. we feel empty.
the crown of Jesus is way too painful to wear. it requires the greatest and absolute self-sacrifice. a self-denial that does not diminish, but rather increases self-worth.
in the natural order of life, we are all part of God’s grand design. though we are easily attracted to what is superficial, our instincts also move us to reach out and look after one another. it is when we go against this basic human compassion, that we begin to be less than what the Lord has planned us to be.
it is when we focus on the well-being of others that we experience true and genuine happiness. because with the realization that we were able to serve, we validate our status as part of one community; that is God’s family. and the more sacrifice that our service necessitates, the more meaningful our existence becomes.
we are also heirs to a kingdom. the kingdom of God that lasts forever. if we accept this truth, then we should likewise be ready, willing and honored to wear the crown of thorns.