Saturday, April 11, 2020

Crown of Thorns (HW09)

            'Holy Week'

Mat 27:26-28  Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him.
    After Jesus was scourged, the soldier took Him to the Praetorium (general's tent) and there they dress him up with a scarlet robe instead of the king's robe.

Mat 27:29-30  When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on 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!" Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head.
    They placed the crown of thorns (instead of the royal golden crown) on Him and bowed down to Him (unknowingly) as the king of all sufferings (bloody robe and a crown of thorn)
    Once again before our Lord sacrificed Himself on the cross, He accepted the pain of the crown of thorns so that Christians do not need to suffer the pains from the thorn and thistles (reed).
    The thorns were so sharp that the Roman soldier was not able to press down the crown of thorns with their bare hands so he used the reed to hit the crown of thorns thus forcing the thorns to pierce Jesus' head resulting to blood oozing out from the head.

Gen 3:17-18  Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': "Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.
    The blood of Jesus caused by the thorns and reed (thistles) falling on to the ground, removed the curse on Adam by removing them from the lives of Christians.

Gen 3:18b.  Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field.

Curse of the thorns
   In our everyday life we will always meet those who are jealous of our salvation, blessings, successes, statuses, good families, secured jobs and businesses and do forth.
    Some of these may even sow discords, doubts, reviling and even false accusations to upset, annoy and hurt us.
    Thank God for our Lord Jesus' love that we can forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. In fact we should pity and pray for them for they miss the love, joy, peace and comfort of God.

Curse of the Thistles (Reed)
    In life, we will find many obstacles blocking the path to our desires, ambitions and successes. These people may take away our future spouses, our businesses and contracts.
   Thank God for them for our Lord Jesus has used them to remove all those not beneficial to us for He prevents us from future sorrows and sufferings.
  Those future spouses will likely be incompatible, cruel, habitual sinners or even addicts thus causing untold sorrows.
    Businesses and contracts taken away may likely be losing concerns, deceptions or even corruptions, which will result to many sorrows and our damnation.