Purple and a crown of thorns

Matthew Bible Background

03.15.2018 – New Testament: Mark 15.17–18

To read the Bible in a year, read Mark 15.1–26 on March 15, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Creator came down from heaven and lived among us, but most rejected Him and demanded His death. Before they killed Him, they mocked Him in this manner,

And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Mark 15.17–18).

The Romans did not believe that He was a king, but in mockery they acted as though He was a king, clothing Him with purple and of course, every king has to have a crown, but they made His out of thorns.

When man first sinned, the Lord caused thorns to grow up on the earth. Since Jesus of Nazareth was dying for our sins, He allowed the Romans to put a crown of thorns upon His head, for He is the King, but a king who humbled Himself and suffered for us.


  • What do you think of Jesus wearing a crown of thorns?
  • Do you see Him as the King?

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