Summary: He left Heaven and His heavenly crown to wear a crown of thorns to set us free from sin.
A thorn of crowns He wore for you
Matthew 27:29 “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!”
When they mocked Him with a crown of thorns it was one of the most disgraceful things He suffered for us. The crown of thorns could have had thorns 3” that they put on his head. Then they took a reed and beat it down on His head. His hands were tired so He could not reach up to relieve the pain. He had already endued the whipping of the soldiers in which his body was exposed to much pain and bleeding. Hebrews 12:2 “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame.”
1. Let us see His Condescension. He came to be King and yet we see here he laid aside a crown of glory and past majesty for a crown that was appalling to those who looked upon Him. Let us look at the contrast He took for you. He had the wealth of heaven and gave it all up to become a poor son of a carpenter. He had honor, nobility, respect and great reverence in heaven. On earth he received shame, embarrassment, suffering and rejection for your sins. He left a heaven of glory, purity and happiness and peace to come to a world of meanness, crime, and death. This is what the word condescension means to us. He who will some day reign as the King of kings was treated as a criminal of the worst kind. He was the one in the beginning that created all things now came to earth lived and died as a poor man and was sold for the price of a common slave. He came to earth to set us free from the bondage of sin was charged as a disgraceful, blasphemous to God and nailed to a cross. He who was in heaven with a crown of universal dominion and royalty of angels wore a crown of contempt and shame for you and me. He who is the fountain of life was enforced to die in an agony of thirst. The writer of most of the N. T put it about the thorns he wore in these words 2 COR. 12:10 “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities (draining physical failure), in reproaches (slights, verbal abuse, denial, losses), in necessities, in persecutions (ridicule, accusation, blame, hate), in distresses (things that hurt the mind body and spirit) for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” The message I hope is clear Jesus became like us so He could suffer for our sins that we might be set free.
Song: “At the Cross”
2. Let us look at His Exaltation. The head crowned with thorns is now crowned with glory. The crown represented the scorn of men but He transformed it into the power of God to set us free from sin and the eternity of hell. He endued the death of the cross to be exulted as the King of life. He took away the sting of death and hell. Just imagine with me what transpired on that day. They gave Him a procession of honor with a Roman guard, Jewish leaders and a mocking multitude as He carried the cross. He was sneered at who came to destroy the works of the devil. They offered him a cup of wine that should be an honor at communion. He was offered a death drug not a life giving substance. He refused it so he could taste death for every man. He was the Son of God but as He died on the cross they could only give him a sponge of a mixture of vinegar and gall, an antiseptic to those who were crucified, to render them insensible to pain. They had a guard of soldiers around the cross who only gambled over what possession he had left a seamless robe. HE was adored in heaven and now shamed by guards. He was raised on a tree to show God’s best and man’s worst. They even gave Him a title as king yet He was placed between two thieves. Men mocked Him but the Bible says there is coming a day when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that He is Lord.