God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, ‘I love you.’
– Billy Graham
The Crown of Thorns
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
Man walked away from God by disobeying Him in the Garden of Eden. The Lord sent them away from the garden because they did not heed His voice. They lost the blessings that they had enjoyed in god’s presence as God said, “cursed be the ground for your sake, in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life and thorns and thistles it will bring forth.”
From that day onwards, the ground that produced great abundance as a result of God’s blessings became a curse that only produced thorns and thistles. This curse that originated from the disobedience of the first man thousands of years ago in the garden of Eden was broken by Christ Jesus who redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Jesus bore the same thorns on His head for us so that we can enjoy the blessing that was promised for us.
Have you ever been hurt by a thorn? It is quite sharp and it can tear your skin and it is painful. If we continue to live in disobedience, we choose to live under the curse of thorns and thistles that will bring unproductiveness, hurt and pain. Jesus was willing to endure the pain, the shame and the weight of the curse, all on our account so that we can live a life of freedom in Him.
We see that man lost his relationship with the Father because he chose to disobey, but Christ the Saviour chose to bring us back to the Father through obeying Him to the point of sacrificing His life for us.
What would you choose this morning?
Thy Word says that if anyone is in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation and old things are passed away and all things have become new. Help me to walk in that newness of Your Spirit. Amen.