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Crown of Thorns – A Reflection on Good Friday
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My wife and I worked our way through seminary by making crosses. I had learned how to carve from an artist in my grandmother’s hometown, John Christopher White. I spent most Fridays of my three semesters in college in his workshop as he taught me about carving and what it meant to follow Jesus. You can check out his work here.

 

During our first Lent in seminary, I had the idea to cut West Texas mesquite thorns and weave them into crowns of thorns for Easter. What I didn’t realize was how painful of an enterprise it would become. We bled cutting them off the trees. We bled bundling them up to take to our shop. We bled putting them in water to soak.  And we definitely bled weaving them into crowns. It was an excruciating art form to say the least.

 

It was while we were weaving the first batch that it hit us how mean and hateful the soldiers who wove Jesus’ crown had to be. What was meant to be a cruel way to mock this “King of the Jews” cost whoever made it with their own blood. There was no way they could have woven or placed that crown on Jesus’ head without hurting themselves. For the rest of that evening, we mostly worked in silence, tearful and undone at what Jesus endured for us all. Call it what you will, but we had church that night.

 

The next day, the seminary president happened to be in our shop and saw the crowns we had made the night before. Trying to hold one carefully, yet still getting stuck by thorns, he wondered why anyone would want to buy a reminder of how the soldiers mocked Jesus. By this point, he had been stuck another couple of times at least and we showed him all the cuts we had received from the night before. As he quoted Isaiah 53, “by his stripes we are healed,” we had church again for the second day in our little shop.  As a memento, Nikki gave him the crown to take back to his office.

 

This Friday, we will gather for Good Friday in the sanctuary at Acts 2 to remember the suffering and passion of Jesus. We will remember what he endured to set us free from sin and death, and bring us back home to our heavenly Father. With humble and contrite hearts, we will face the reality that he had to bleed and die to pay for our sins on that cross. Yet, as Romans 5:8 says, “But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.” Now that is amazing grace.


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