Is the apparel of a Bride the most exciting thing or what? From every big detail like the dress to every little detail like great grandma’s earrings, it all has value and nothing can be left out. As the Bride of Christ, our apparel has value and significance too. Our beautiful bridal look is provided by Jesus, our Bridegroom.
Last week, we talked about our Heavenly engagement ring, which you definitely need to check out! Today, I want to share a few thoughts with you about another beautiful piece of bridal attire…a tiara or crown.
If you do not already know this, I am a floral designer and my job is fabulous! Love it! A few months ago, a friend of mine called me and wanted a favor. She told me that she was in charge of props for her daughter’s school production and she needed a crown of thorns. She asked if I had anything in my stem leftovers that would work. I suggested that she use a small grapevine wreath instead.
That conversation really mad me think. Even though I have worked in the floral industry for many years, the idea of creating a crown of thorns had never occurred to me.
Thorns are awful…I mean terrible awful! They can create a jagged cut that takes weeks to heal. They can pierce you so deeply that it brings tears to your eyes. They can stick into the sole of a shoe and you feel it when you walk. They are guaranteed to bring misery every time. Below is a picture of my hand. I was jaggedly cut by two thorns, little thorns. I took this picture five days after I was cut. I know the places are not bad but remember, this was after five days of healing and from tiny, little thorns.
Imagine what kind of damage big thorns would do. Now imagine what kind of damage big thorns would do to the soft, thin skin around your temples and forehead. Does that not make you just cringe with pain?
The Crown of Thorns
Three of the four gospels record that on the day of Jesus crucifixion, a crown of thorns was placed on his head not long before He attempted to carry His cross to Golgotha.
All three accounts of the story say that the soldiers twisted or created the crown of thorns themselves. They had no means of buying one of these awful things. They had to make it themselves.
Let me say from experience working with thorns, creating that crown was no easy task. I can promise you, those soldiers fingers and hands were severely cut and very bloody when they finished. Yet, they were willing to take on and bear that kind of pain and misery in order to inflict more pain on Jesus.
Have you ever been willing to hurt or inconvenience yourself in order to guarantee that someone else suffers? It has been in minor situations, but I have been guilty of that before too. Let’s not act like Roman soldiers, sisters. We have been called to love one another as Christ has loved us – John 13:34.
So how does the crown of thorns that Jesus wore pertain to us, His Bride? I believe that the correlation is this- Jesus bore the crown of thorns which was meant to degrade and hurt Him so that one day He could give His Bride the Crown of Life.
The Crown of Life
If you have grown up in church, you have probably heard the term, “Crown of Life” often, but are you familiar with what it means? Do not be ashamed if you aren’t. I was not a hundred percent sure either until I started researching the topic.
The Crown of Life is the reward given to the Christians, the Brides who were faithful to their Groom all throughout their walk with Him, even in the face of persecution.
Revelation 2:10- Be faithful even to the point of death and I will give you life.
James 1:12- Blessed is the one who preserves under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
Do you want to receive that crown one day? I know that I do! This I want to give it back to my Bridegroom as an act of worship and praise. Revelation 4:10-11.
Think About This…
Jesus, our Bridegroom, wore a horrible crown of thorns as a part of His overall death for us. He loves us so much that there is nothing He would not do, no extreme measure He would not take for us. When we get to meet Him face to face one day, I expect to see scars not only in his hands and feet, but also on His temples and around his forehead and eyebrows. He bore a crown of shame and pain for you and me so that He could give us a Crown of Life if we stay committed and faithful to Him, even in the face of persecution.
Knowing what I know about thorns, as well as knowing how unthinkably dreadful the whole crucifixion experience was, how could I not remain faithful? What situation could ever come into my life that could compare with what my Bridegroom suffered for me? And He willingly suffered just because He loves me!
Oh, this amazing love….how can it be?
Despite His scars, our Bridegroom is very beautiful both inside and out. Let’s purpose in our hearts today that no matter what kind of persecution or trouble comes into our lives, we are always faithful to reflect His beauty.
One Last Thing!
Jesus loves us more than we will ever understand. It is His greatest hope that we will all accept His proposal of eternal life,. He wants us to live everyday being faithful to Him and the commitment that we have made. Our Bridegroom expects us to have a spirit of surrender toward Him so that He can prepare us to enter Heaven one day. He wants to equip us with the courage, strength and assurance taint we can stand strong in Him even in the face of serious trouble. If we are faithful to the end no matter what, we, as His Bride, will be presented with the Crown of Life one day!
It is my prayer that I will live my life in such a way that honors and pleases my Jesus. I am praying that same prayer for you, today!
I hope you have a wonderful Easter week, sister! Enjoy your family and make some fabulous memories. Take some time to yourself to let the whole story of the crucifixion of Jesus just wash over you. Really roll it around in your mind and think it out. He paid the ultimate price for mankind even after they had put a painful crown of thorns on His head, because He knew that one day, there would be a new crown being passed out…the Crown of Life.
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