Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.”
In today’s culture, Easter seems to be more and more about rabbits, candy, and the gifts in our baskets, rather than about the true gift we received when Jesus endured the cross. The resurrection story has seem to become just that, a story, a tale that holds no weight in our hearts anymore. But the resurrection isn’t just a story, it’s an event that gave us something more than we could ever deserve.
It’s important to note that the resurrection could not have happened without the crucifixion. Jesus could not simply die in peace or of something as simple as old age, it had to be a public event. He had to bear the punishment for all sins- past, present, and future. This meant a beating so brutal that there was no skin left on Jesus’ back, a crown of thorns was beaten into his skull, nails we’re driven through His wrists and ankles, His lungs slowly suffocated, and His heart was crushed. Not only did he endure the physical pain of our sins, but the spiritual pain as well.
Every element in the crucifixion holds an incredible amount of weight, however the crown of thorns has always held a great deal of symbolism to me – although never mentioned in scripture, I’ve always viewed the thorns as the sins that Jesus died for. Every single sin committed- past, present, and future, was on Jesus’ mind when He died, He endured the pain of our sins, so we wouldn’t have to.
When Jesus rose, it wasn’t just for show. He had to die, and He had to return to leave us with what I feel is a crucial piece to our relationship with God. When Jesus was talking to His disciples for the last time before ascending to the right hand of God, he told them something, told US something. He said,
“As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
When Jesus rose, He gave us something so very powerful. The Holy Spirit. Through the Holy Spirit, we were adopted into the sonship of God. Romans 8:15 tells us that because of the Holy Spirit we received, we’re no longer slaves to sin, that through him (the Holy Spirit), we cry, “Abba, father!” God is no longer just God, He is our father. When Jesus bore the crown of thorns, and died for our sins – He rose, and replaced every thorn with rubies and diamonds that are now en-crested in our crowns of sonship. Because of God’s love for us we are now royalty, children of the utmost high. We now have the authority to trample over serpents, move mountains into the sea, heal the sick, to do ALL the things God has called us to do.
His crown of thorns, for my crown of diamonds and rubies.
The question remains: Will you accept your crown of sonship? -Arrianna
Your Turn: Will you accept your crown this Easter? In what ways would you like to walk in the authority you have through Jesus? We’d like to know! -Breath On Paper