Jesus was crowned with thorns (Mark 15:17). The Bible says he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities, and “the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5). When we come to Jesus with our life that is broken and tormented because of our bad choices and stupid stuff that we do, we need to realize that he willingly gave himself to bear our burdens in life and before God.
The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:7 that we are to cast all our cares upon him because he cares for us. God’s invitation to each one of us is to come to him just as we are and receive his payment for our sin and sorry choices, and look to him to guide us through the consequences of what we have done. He offers his help in every way so we can have life more abundant. We each must reach the place that we either take what he is offering and continue to trust him, taking full responsibility for our actions, or, we choose to just do our own thing and work out life the best we can in our own independent ability. That is a choice that we make.
When Jesus was crowned with thorns, he took your mental torment, fear, worry, and regret upon himself. It is not God’s design for you to have your life forces eroded by torment. His way is to convict of sin and deliver you from it, and give you the wisdom and sense of responsibility to pray, pay attention, and make choices to do or to not do those things that lead to a peaceful and abundant life. Jesus said to watch and pray and that is what he meant. Pay attention. If you want to be guided out of the mire of your past into a peaceful and abundant life, then pay attention to God, to your relationships, to your surroundings, and to yourself.
He gave you the keys to life. Don’t keep them in your pocket and remain locked up in a dark room. Use them and open the door to life and go forward. God is right there to help you. Call on and depend on him to enable you to take responsibility to make the right choices and take the right actions for freedom.
The good news is that Jesus bore the crown of thorns. You don’t have to. Let him be the crown bearer. Take the thorns off your own head trusting him, and be crowned with praises to the name of Jesus.
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