Sunday, September 28, 2014

Toil, Sweat, Thorns

Paradise was squandered by the first Adam resulting in sweat, toil, and thorns. Paradise is ultimately restored through painful toil, the bloody sweat of the brow, and a crown of thorns worn by the second Adam. 
“Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food”  (Genesis 3:17-19). 
"Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head and arrayed him in a purple robe. They came up to him, saying, 'Hail, King of the Jews' and struck him with their hands. Pilate went out again and said to them, 'See, I am bringing him out to you that you may know that I find no guilt in him.' So Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, 'Behold the man!' When the chief priests and the officers saw him, they cried out, 'Crucify him, crucify him!'" (John 19:1-6a).