The Crown of Thorns
After Jesus’ trial and flogging, before He was crucified, the Roman soldiers “twisted together a crown of thorns and set it to His head. They put a staff in His right hand and knelt in front of Him and mocked Him. “Hail, king of the Jews!’ they said” (Matthew 27:29). While the crown of thorns would be exceedingly painful, the crown of thorns was more about mockery than it was about the pain. For Christians, the crown of thorns is a reminder of two main things. First, that Jesus was, and is, a king. One day, the entire universe will bow to Jesus as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 19:16). The second thing it reminds Christians is that Jesus was willing to endure the pain, the insults and the shame all on our account. This tattoo also reminds us of this.