Station 6: Jesus Wears the Crown of Thorns
Luke 22:63-65 – 63 Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking him as they beat him. 64 They also blindfolded him and kept asking him, “Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?” 65 And they said many other things against him, blaspheming him.
John 19:1-3 – 1 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. 2 And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. 3 They came up to him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” and struck him with their hands.
This is where the physical pain begins for Jesus. He has experienced the anguish of knowing something bad (humanly speaking) lays ahead. He has experienced the pain of betrayal. But now he has been beaten, flogged, and had a jagged crown of thorns pushed deep into his skull. If you have ever worked with rosebushes, you know the minor pains and inconveniences that come with having a thorn enter your hand or arm. Now imagine someone pushing that thorn deep into your skin. These thorns being pushed into Jesus’ head weren’t small and likely dug deep.
Listen to or read the lyrics of “Crown Him With Many Crowns” as you feel the barbed wire. Imagine it pressed deep into your skin. It isn’t the same as thorns, but the feeling would be similar. Imagine the pain and the blood that Jesus would have experienced as that crown was pushed onto his head.
Crown Him With Many Crowns (Diademata)
Crown Him with many crowns
The Lamb upon His throne
Hark how the heavenly anthem drowns
All music but its own
Awake my soul and sing
Of Him who died for thee
And hail Him as thy matchless King
Through all eternity
Crown Him the Lord of life
Who triumphed o'er the grave
And rose victorious in the strife
For those He came to save
His glories now we sing
Who died and rose on high
Who died eternal life to bring
And lives that death may die
Crown Him the Lord of heaven
One with the Father known
And blessed Spirit through Him give
From yonder Triune throne
All hail Redeemer hail
For Thou hast died for me
Thy praise shall never never fail