Thorns are first seen in the biblical story in the curse, which resulted from Adam’s initial sin (Gen 3:17). Old Testament prophets used thorns as symbols of desolation for both the land and people (see Isa 5:6 or Jer 12:13). Jesus himself used thorns in his Parable of the Sower where they prevent spiritual life and growth. And thorns were used in Jesus’ crown. Whereas thorns were used throughout the Bible as instruments associated with sin and discipline, Jesus’ resurrection from the grave three days after his death demonstrates that he overcame sin and its effects, thereby securing salvation for all who believe in him.
May the crown of thorns remind us of the fact that Jesus has overcome sin and extends an offer of salvation to a sinful world.