Lent with Julian of Norwich #4 – The Moment of Passion


I suddenly saw the red blood trickling down from under the crown of thorns, hot and fresh, plentiful and lifelike, just as though it were the moment of his Passion when the crown of thorns was pressed onto his blessed head.

Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, Long text, chapter four.

They wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head, and they placed a reed stick in his right hand as a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mockery and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!”……….”He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross”

Matthew 27:29 / Colossians 1: 20b

The weaving of the thorns was a deliberate act; premeditated. It took preparation. It seems unlikely that there would have been thorn trees in the immediate vicinity of the Governor’s house, and even if there had been, weaving a crown robust enough to press onto his head would have taken time. Christ would have been near exhaustion. Many criminals that were intended for crucifixion never made it to a cross as they died under the cruelty of the scourge. Flogging with a led tipped whip was designed to put the criminal into such a state of shock that their time on the cross would be limited; a simple logistical matter. The entire Regiment of one hundred soldiers was called out, lined up. Watching. They represented the government of Rome; He represented the Government of Heaven. His crown and sceptre came from the earth, two symbols of power and authority given to The King of Heaven. Two Kingdoms facing each other, an eternal one made perfect in its weakness, and another that would pass away. The thorns would represent the curse on the earth described in Genesis, resulting from the sin of mankind, pressed down into his already disfigured body. And yet His Passion was not limited to mankind alone, but to the whole of creation, a symbol of the completeness of his sacrifice. He came for the lion too, so that one day they would lie down with the lamb. He came for the snake and the dove alike.

This was the moment of his Passion where he made peace with everything in heaven and on earth. Everything. Eventually.

Categories: Devotional, Lent 2019

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