by Charles H. Spurgeon

The Crown of Thorns
Charles H. Spurgeon
Matthew 27:29

And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head (Matthew 27:29).

Before we enter the common hall of the soldiers, and gaze upon "the sacred head once wounded," it will be well to consider who and what He was who was thus cruelly put to shame. Do not forget the intrinsic excellence of His person; for He is the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of His person; He is in Himself God over all, blessed forever, the eternal Word by whom all things were made, and by whom all things consist. Though Heir of all things, the Prince of the kings of the earth, He was despised and rejected of men, "a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief"; His head was scornfully surrounded with thorns for a crown, His body was bedecked with a faded purple robe, a poor reed was put into His hand for a scepter, and then the ribald soldiery dared to stare into His face, and worry Him with their filthy jests-

The soldiers also spit upon that face
Which angels did desire to have the grace
,And prophets once to see, but found no place.
Was ever grief like mine?

Do not forget the glory to which He had been accustomed aforetime, for before He came to earth He had been in the bosom of the Father, adored of cherubim and seraphim, obeyed by every angel, worshiped by every principality and power in the heavenly places; yet here He sits, treated worse than a felon, made the center of a comedy before He became the victim of a tragedy. They sat Him down in some broken chair, covered Him with an old soldier's cloak, and then insulted Him as a mimic monarch-

They bow their knees to me, and cry, Hail king;
Whatever scoffs and scornfulness can bring,
I am the floor, the sink, where they'd fling.
Was ever grief like mine?

What a descent His love to us compelled Him to make! See how low He fell to lift us from our fall! Do not also fail to remember that at the very time when they were thus m ...

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