“If we are to receive the crown of life, Christ must receive the crown of thorns. He cannot be our Saviour any other way. . . . . In the crown of his deity alone, Christ could only say to a dying thief, ‘Be thou accursed’; but in the crown of thorns he can say, ‘This day shalt thou be with me in Paradise.’ In the crown of his deity alone, he can only say to a Magdalene or a publican, ‘Depart from me’; but in the crown of thorns he can say, ‘Go in peace, your sins are forgiven you.’ It is in his diadem of thorns that he stoops low in humiliation and shame and sorrow to seek and to save sinners. It is only by the sharp thorn of his suffering that the poisonous thorn of our sin is drawn. In other words, apart from the cross God cannot forgive sin.” (Frederick S. Leahy, The Cross He Bore: Meditations on the Sufferings of the Redeemer, p. 66).
In preparation for the Wednesday evening Bible study and prayer time at Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC.