“And to the man He said,
Because you have listened to the voice of your wife you have eaten of the tree
about which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat from it,
cursed shall be the ground because of you;
in sorrow you shall eat of it all the days of your life.
And thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
and you shall eat the plant of the field.
By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground;
for out of it you have been taken;
for dust you are, and to dust you shall return. (Genesis 3:17-19)
What curse is that? It is this curse: “In the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread…” (Genesis 3:19). And it refers to the stress, struggle and anxieties that come with working hard and yet producing little. Now, work itself is not a curse since God gave Adam work before the fall—Adam was to tend the Garden of Eden. It was only after he sinned that the land was cursed and it brought forth thorns, and man had to toil to eat of it. (Genesis 3:17–18)
The first thing you have to realize is that the battle takes place in your mind. You see, the devil doesn’t have any real power (Col. 2:15), so he can only resort to lies and deception. He puts lies and half-truths in your mind to deceive you and make you believe what he wants you to believe. And he does it subtly and cunningly by using the personal pronoun “I”—I’m ugly. I’m a loser. I’m an addict—so that you’ll take the thoughts as your own and believe that that’s who you really are. He plants such lies in your head to confuse you about your identity or give you an identity crisis!
But praise God, Jesus wore the thorns on His head to show you that He has borne this curse for you and redeemed you from it. He wore the crown of thorns so that you can work stress-free and yet have the results. You don’t have to be worried and stressed out day and night like the people of the world just to get ahead in life. Your heavenly Father can get you there without the worries and stress. (Matthew 6:31–33)
Beloved, every curse that was supposed to fall on your head fell on Jesus’ head, typified by the crown of thorns. He wore the crown of thorns for you so that you can have peace of mind. He wore the crown of thorns for you and took your curse so that you can wear the crown of glory and take His righteousness, and all the benefits of that righteousness!
Those words are so true. The Bible says that as a man thinks in his heart, so is he (Prov. 23:7). That’s why I preach strongly that right believing produces right living. The opposite is also true: Wrong believing produces wrong living. The apostle Paul tells us, “…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” (Rom. 12:2). We are to renew our minds with God’s truths, and not continue to think the way the world thinks or the way the devil wants us to think.
Jesus wore the crown of thorns for you! , so that we might one day wear the crown of life and glory. (James 1:12, Rev. 2:10, 1 Peter 5:4)
The Crown Of Thorns in Matthew 27:29. Our Lord was crowned with thorns in mockery by the Roman soldiers. Obviously some small flexile thorny shrub is meant perhaps Capparis spinosa. “Hasselquist, a Swedish naturalist, supposes a very common plant naba or nubka of the Arabs, with many small and sharp sines; soft, round and pliant branches; leaves much resembling ivy, of a very deep green, as if in designed mockery of a victor’s wreath.” — Alford.
Some interesting facts: Three of the four evangelists mention the crown of thorns, wherewith the rude Roman soldiers derided the captive Christ (Matthew 27:29;