Monday, September 20, 2021
The Thorn Crown of the King
19 1-3 So Pilate took Jesus and had him whipped. The soldiers, having braided a crown from thorns, set it on his head, threw a purple robe over him, and approached him with, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they greeted him with slaps in the face.
4-5 Pilate went back out again and said to them, “I present him to you, but I want you to know that I do not find him guilty of any crime.” Just then, Jesus came out wearing the thorn crown and purple robe.
Pilate announced, “Here he is: the Man.”
-John 19:1-5 The Message
Verse 1: Pilate then took Jesus and scourged Him.
Verse 1 study: There is a full picture in different points of view of Jesus’ crucifixion. John has a different perspective coming from three books of the Gospel in which we will study right after chapter 19. But the common ground is that Jesus died on the cross, so we can be saved from our sins and given eternal life.
Verse 2: And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and put a purple robe on Him;
Verse 3: and they began to come to Him, and say, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and to give Him slaps in the face.
Verses 1-3 studies: Scourging could have killed Jesus. The crucifixion is done by using a three-pronged whip and tying the victim’s upper half of the victim’s body to a pillar. This is the usual way to handle the crucifixion. Deuteronomy 25:3 tells us the law about the number of lashes that are allowed. It is determined by the severity of the crime; up to 40 lashes were permitted by Jewish law. After being hit, Jesus endured other agonies recorded here and in other Gospels.
Verse 4: Pilate came out again and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.”
Verse 5: Jesus then came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Behold, the Man!”
Verses 2-5 studies: The soldiers went past orders to whip Jesus. They mocked him and his claim to royalty by placing a crown on his head and a royal robe on his shoulders.
Father, this is a start of a moment to remember, to remind ourselves about Jesus and his sacrifices for us. Let us take the time to be humbled and recognize his goodness and his love for us. In Jesus’ name. Amen!