In this 6th Grade lesson, we study our Lord's mocking and crowning with thorns.
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The Man of Sorrows by Guido Reni
The Roman soldiers made fun of Jesus. They spat on Him and called Him names. They put a cloak on His bleeding back and pushed a crown of thorns onto His head. These weren’t little thorns but long, sharp ones. That would have hurt more than you can imagine.
Jesus had just endured being scourged at the pillar. His flesh was torn, and He was covered with open wounds all over his back and body. Imagine how much pain He was in already, with His blood pouring out of His fresh wounds. After enduring that pain, the cruel soldiers then put a heavy, rough red robe on Jesus, with the scratchy fabric sticking to his bloody sores. Then the soldiers mocked and tormented Him. They found a thorn branch, covered with the sharpest thorns, which were several inches long and similar to sharp nails. They pretended to make a King’s crown out of it, and then to mock Jesus, they pressed and slammed it down hard on His head, digging the thorns into his face, head and skull. Then they put a reed or a long stick in His hand like a staff and pretended to worship Him like a king. They danced around Him then saying “Hail the King of the Jews” and pretended to bow before Him in homage. They took the reed from His hand and beat Him with it. Jesus continued to bleed from his wounds during all of this. His head must have throbbed from the pain from the crown of thorns. How horrible that our Sacred Lord was treated so horribly.
The Roman soldiers thought that Jesus was a fool. He allowed them to do this to Him without fighting back. They didn’t understand the Jewish people who said that He was a blasphemer, since they didn’t understand the Jewish God.
To the Romans, the crown of thorns was a sign that Jesus was weak and powerless. To us, it is a sign that Jesus willingly accepted His Passion. He knew what was happening; He could have stopped it. A quick and painless death would have been enough to win our salvation, yet He wanted us to know exactly how great His love for us is.
Our world doesn’t understand the Catholic Church and her teachings. They think that we’re fools who believe outdated things. Our world says that such things as same-sex “marriage,” abortion, contraception, and living together without being married are completely fine, and if you think otherwise, you must belong to an out-of-date Church with old-fashioned beliefs. Our world says that we are headed by an old man who sits in the ... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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