Daily Devotional
The Crown of Mystery: Perfection Bore Sin’s Curse

“...Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you…”

Genesis 3:17-18

Ponder This

In the Garden of Eden, there were no thorns, no thistles, and no brambles. The first rose that ever bloomed was without thorns. When sin was introduced through Adam and Eve, thorns and thistles began to grow on planet Earth. The thorns Jesus wore on His head before His crucifixion speak of the hardship, sorrow, and death that come with sin. The thorny pathway we all walk is because of sin. The bed of briars we sleep on is because of sin. Do you want to know why we have confusion, frustration, and suffering? Look at every hospital and say, “Sin did this.” Look at every mental institution and say, “Sin did this.” Look at every jail and say, “Sin did this.” Look at every twisted and warped body and say, “Sin did this.” Look at heartache, pain, toil and anguish, and you can write over it one word: SIN. The thorn is the symbol of that sin. When Jesus died on the cross He was crowned with thorns. He wore the crown because He bore the curse.

Practice This

Pray for those who are suffering, remembering in your prayer that even the suffering “good” people endures comes from the curse of sin in the world. Look forward to the day when Jesus Christ will return and bring a final end to all sin and suffering because in His perfection, He wore the crown of thorns and bore sin’s curse.

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