A Crown of Thorns

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Drops of blood or tear drops?

“They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him.” (Matthew 27:29)

We are told that creation itself moans because of the curse put upon us. Everything bears the mark of humankind’s sin. I don’t know how to understand it–but I believe plants, animals, and all of creation respond in some way to the God who made them. If a thorn bush could think, I wonder how it might have mourned to know that its branches were used to hurt the very One who had made it. If a bush could have shed tears rather than causing blood to be shed, and a bush could choose, I wonder whether the bush would have chosen tears.

−A Maundy Thursday thought from the devotional section of the book, God’s Healing Herbs, by Dennis Ellingson.

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