In this 3rd Grade Lesson, we study our Lord's Crowning with Thorns.
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Christ Crowned with Thorns
by Gustave Dore
The Roman soldiers made fun of Jesus. They called Him names. They put a cloak on His bleeding back. They pushed a crown of thorns onto His head. These were long, sharp thorns. That would have hurt more than you can imagine.
The Romans thought that Jesus was a fool. He didn't fight back. They didn’t understand why the Jewish people were so mad at Him.
To the Romans, the crown of thorns showed that Jesus was powerless. To us, it is a sign that Jesus accepted His Passion. He knew what was happening. He could have stopped it. A quick death would have been enough, yet He wanted us to know how much He loved us.
Sometimes the rest of the world doesn't know why the Church teaches the things she does. They think that we believe old fashioned things. They don’t understand why we need to go to church every week. We know better. We know that, as we saw in the last lesson, there is one truth. We know that it can be found in Jesus. We must say to the world that we want to be like Jesus.
The Jews weren’t satisfied with the scourging at the pillar. They wanted Him to suffer more. The Romans mocked Him and humiliated Him. This wasn’t enough to achieve what Jesus came for. He had to die. Pilate finally agreed to have Jesus put to death.
Pilate made the Jews mad. He said that a sign should be put on the cross. Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum. INRI. This is Latin for “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.” The Jews might have made Pilate put Jesus to death, but Pilate wanted the world to know that he did it unwillingly.
Words to Remember:
Crown of Thrones
What We Learned:
The Romans put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head and mocked Him.
Pilate ordered that a sign reading “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” be placed on His cross.... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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