40 Bible Stories Devotion, Day #32: A Twisted Crown

John 19:1-16Crown of Thorns

Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 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.

 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”

 As soon as the chief priests and their officials saw him, they shouted, “Crucify! Crucify!”

But Pilate answered, “You take him and crucify him. As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him.”

 The Jews insisted, “We have a law, and according to that law he must die, because he claimed to be the Son of God.”

 When Pilate heard this, he was even more afraid, and he went back inside the palace. “Where do you come from?” he asked Jesus, but Jesus gave him no answer. “Do you refuse to speak to me?” Pilate said. “Don’t you realize I have power either to free you or to crucify you?”

 Jesus answered, “You would have no power over me if it were not given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you is guilty of a greater sin.”

 From then on, Pilate tried to set Jesus free, but the Jews kept shouting, “If you let this man go, you are no friend of Caesar. Anyone who claims to be a king opposes Caesar.”

 When Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judge’s seat at a place known as the Stone Pavement (which in Aramaic is Gabbatha). It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour.

“Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews.

 But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!”

“Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked.

“We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered.

 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

(NIV1984)

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He was and is the King.  He is the King of all Kings.  The King was flogged publicly.  Privately, He was beaten, spit upon, and adorned with a twisted crown.  It was not a molded and majestic crown of gold adorned with jewels as most kings might have had.  It was not the glorious crown that sat upon His head.  It was twisted thorns buried into His flesh.  He was not anointed by the prophet of Israel.  He was not ordained by the political leaders of Israel.  He was mocked in a cell of horrors where the most vile Roman soldiers, influenced, if not possessed by demons, attempted to diminish His majesty with a twisted crown.

The twisted crown is still beaten into the brow of our Lord.  He is the Head of the Church and we are His body.  The world still full of demonic influence takes the Lord and His church back to the same bloody cell and attempts to discredit the Lord by mocking Him.  They dug the thorns deep into his forehead and all around his head.  They struck Him in the face.  They stripped Him and put a robe on Him.  Setting a staff in His hand feigning a scepter, they knelt down and called him King.  Then they took the staff and beat Him over the head time and time again.  When He emerged from this hall of horrors, blood poured from that twisted crown.

Now, more than ever we are seeing the attacks upon the church and upon Christ, mocking Him challenging His identity.  The world does everything it can to reduce Jesus to a good man, a prophet, a healer, but refuses His true identity as the King of Kings.  Yet, even as the soldiers beat Him, they did crown Him.  Even as they mocked Him, they covered Him with a royal robe.  Even as He was crucified, the sign that hung just above that twisted crown said, “King of the Jews.”  He was lifted high and the love He displayed on the cross revealed the glory of a King that could not be reduced.  As His breath left His body, the Roman soldier in charge of Him said, “This must be the Son of God.”  He was mourned by many.  He was worshipped and praised by the thief on the cross.  The beatings, the bruises, the bleeding, the thorns could not stop Him from being recognized as King.  The torture, the demons, the Roman psychopathic soldiers were not enough to keep Him from being lifted high as King.

Oh, the glory to serve a King who can’t be denied.  They did all they could, but they could not stop Him.  Even at the worst moment of all of humanity, He was still King.  We must never forget that even when the world attempts to bury into our flesh a crown of thorns, His sovereignty will not be denied.  He is King. He is the King of Kings.  He is the King forever.  None can remove Him from His throne.  None can diminish His power.  None can steal His authority.  None can break His character.  He is King.  He is my King.  He is my King!  HE IS MY KING!  And my King will always reign!

Do not let the attempts of the world to diminish Christ discourage you.  Do not let their attempts to shake your faith have any impact.  No matter what anyone says or does, He will always be the King… …even as He wears a twisted crown.

Philippians 2:9-11
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
(NIV1984)

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Pastor Lee is the Lead Pastor at CrossRoads Community Church in San Antonio, Texas. His message focuses on the healing power of Scripture through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Father of three awesome sons and he is madly in love with his wife, Amy. And his favorite past time is losing golf balls in the rough while attempting to play a round of golf.

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