*This is number six of a twelve post series. There will be a new one each day for the next seven days*
Egg #6: Crown of Thorns
"The soldiers who crucified Jesus placed a crown of thorns on His head, so they could mock Him by saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!'
Read: Matthew 27:29-31
Can you believe that some of the same people who were praising Jesus as God a few days before when He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey were now treating Him like a wicked person? They decided if Jesus really was God, He would save Himself from having to die. But Jesus had made it clear to the people that the Father's plan was not what they expected or wanted. God's amazing plan was to save sinners by allowing His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for them. Yet people chose not to believe Jesus and reject Him.
We should never believe others when they tell us Jesus is not God! And we should never be mean or treat someone badly just because others do. We should always do what the Bible, God's Word, tells us to do. And the Bible tells us we should always love others because this is right and it is the way we show that we love God.
The Roman guards did not love God. The rejected Jesus as God. The teased, taunted, hit and beat Him. They made a crown out of sharp thorns, put it on Jesus's head, kneeled before Him, and teased Him by saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' even though they didn't believe He was a king. And then they spit on Him and took a strong, hollow stick called a reed to beat Jesus on the head. They crushed the crown of thorns into His head and caused Him to bleed badly. And still, Jesus showed them the love of God by forgiving and praying for them.
The Bible says if you love God, you will love others. So if you don't love others, you show that you really don't love God. Remember, too, when you experience the thorns of others' hatred toward you, that Jesus responded with love, even when He was hated and treated terribly."
From Resurrection Eggs Randal Lee Walti
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