Crown of Thorns

A crown of thorns was pressed on Jesus' head, a purple robe placed on his back, and he was mocked as the King of the Jews. Ironically, the math points to the promise of a perpetual kingship, a promise of which Jesus is the heir and fulfillment.

John 19:1-22

1Then Pilate had Joshua scourged. 2The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and placed it on his head and they covered him with purple robes. 3They said, Peace be to you, king of the Jews. They struck him on his cheeks. John 19:1-34Pilate went outside again and said to them, I bring him outside to you so that you may know that I find not even 1 cause against him. 5Joshua went outside wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robes and Pilate said to them, Look at the man. John 19:4-56When the high priests and the guards saw him they cried out saying, Crucify him. Crucify him. John 19:6aPilate said to them, You take him and crucify him, for I find no cause in him. John 19:6b7The Jews said to him, We have a law and according to our law he is guilty of death because he made himself FA the son of god. John 19:78When Pilate heard this saying he was even more afraid. 9He entered again into the Praetorium and said to Joshua, Where do you come from? Joshua gave him no answer. 10Pilate said to him, Will you not speak even to me? Do you not know that I have the authority to release you and I have the authority to crucify you? John 19:8-1011Joshua said to him, You would have no authority whatever over me if it had not been given to you from above. Because of this FA the sin of he who delivered me to you is greater than yours. John 19:1112Because of this Pilate wanted to release him, but the Jews cried out, If you release this man you are not a friend of caesar. For whoever makes himself a king is against caesar. John 19:1213When Pilate heard this word he brought Joshua outside and sat down on the judgment seat at a place which is called, The Pavement of Stone, but in Hebrew it is called, Gabbatha. 14It was the day before preparation day and it was about the 6th hour. John 19:13-14He said to the Jews, Look, your king. John 19:1415They cried out, Take him away. Take him away. Crucify him. Crucify him. John 19:15aPilate said to them, Should I crucify your king? John 19:15bThe high priests said to him, We have no king but caesar. John 19:15c16aThen he delivered him to them to crucify him. John 19:1616bThey took Joshua and brought him out, 17carrying his cross, to the place which is called, The Skull, but in Hebrew it is called, Golgotha, 18where they crucified him, and with him 2 others, one on either side, and Joshua between. John 19:16b-1819Pilate also wrote on a tablet and placed it on his cross, but the writing was, This Is Joshua, The Nazarene, The King Of The Jews. John 19:1920A great many Jews read this title, for the place where Joshua was crucified was near the city and it was written in Hebrew and in Greek and in Roman. 21The high priests said to Pilate, Do not write that, He is the king of the Jews, but that, He said, I am the king of the Jews. John 19:20-2122Pilate said, I have written what I have written. John 19:22 (John 19:1-22 BRB)


1+6+2 = 9 = Second Samuel

Second Samuel

The key story in Second Samuel is the promise of a perpetual throne given to David.

4It came to pass that very night the word of the Master came to Nathan the prophet saying, 5Go and tell my servant David, The Master says, You will not build a house for me to live in, 6because I have not lived in a house from the day that I brought up the children of Israel out of Mizraim to this day, C 1 Kings 5:3 FE but I have walked in tents. 7In all the places where I have walked with all the children of Israel have I spoken to any of those whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel saying, Why have you not built me a house of cedar? 2 Samuel 7:4-78Now you will say to my servant David, The Master FE of hosts says, I took you from the pasture from behind the sheep to be the ruler over my people Israel. 9I have been with you wherever you went. I have cut off all your enemies from before you. I will make for you a great name like the name of the great men that are on the land. 10I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them and make them live in their own place in peace and not be disturbed again and the children of evil will not enslave them again as at 1st. FE 11From the day that I commanded you to be a judge over my people Israel I have given you rest from all your enemies. 2 Samuel 7:8-11The Master also declares to you that the Master will make you a house. 12When your days are fulfilled and you sleep with your fathers I will raise up your seed after you who will come out of your loins and I will establish his kingdom. 13He will build a house to my name and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. H Psalms 132:11 I Isaiah 9:6-7 14I will be like a father to him and he will be like a son to me Q 2 Corinthians 6:18 Q Hebrews 1:5 and if he commit folly I will chasten him with the rod of men and with the stripes of the children of men. FE 15My mercy I will not take from him as I took it from Saul who was king before you and whom I put away from before me. 16Your house and your kingdom will be established before me forever and your throne will be established before me forever. 2 Samuel 7:11-16 (2 Samuel 7:4-16 BRB)

Jesus is a direct descendant of David and heir to the promise. Since Jesus rose from the dead, and never dies again, he also does not need descendants to inherit the throne, but will eventually sit on David's throne forever as the ultimate fulfillment of the promise. In John, the soldiers and Jews mocked Jesus as "King of the Jews," entirely missing that, that, in fact, is what he is. And, he's not only the king of the Jews, but of all of ancient Israel and even the whole world.