The Thorns of Easter
Jesus' life was being stolen.
In a physical metaphor witnessing unto eternity, Jesus was bounded by robbery. He was framed, shaded and suspended in the shadow of robbers. For theft was what He endured those three dark hours, and then three dark days. None could gaze upon Calvary without also understanding the robbery it exemplified
God marked Jesus' loss of life for what it truly was, by placing robbers around Him.
But the real robbers were those who screamed abuse, hammered the nails and gambled over His only garment. They had crucified Jesus in their hearts well before they crucified Him in the body. The crowning display of this robbery was the twisted ring of thorns set atop His head..
But you too have walked the path of robbery, been abused for your faith, and crucified your flesh in service of the Lord.
Robbery is secured when thorns surround, for where there are thorns so is satan - the looter of souls.
I (Paul) was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (2 Corinthians 12:7b)
The crown of thorns is the crown of death. Thorns testify to the truly crucified life. Lament their pain but rejoice in their significance.
It is crowning thorns that verify life's theft by the evil one, but after three days they too are gone.
Pain is finite but paradise isn't.
Today's Soul Snippet:
It is nearly impossible to see righteousness when it is nailed in rejection.
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