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Right before his crucifixion, Jesus was made to carry his cross and to wear a crown of thorns. Why was he made to wear the crown of thorns?

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He was being mocked for claiming that he was King of the Jews, so the soliders gave him a "crown." And to make it worse, they made it of thorns, so it was extremely painful.

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As Ray asserted, the crown was mockingly placed on Him because Jesus was charged with the crime of being "the King of the Jews", while the Jews already had a king, at least according to the Romans.

There is, however, an important symbolism that is also present in this.

In Genesis 3, thorns and thistles are part of the curse of the first sin.

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.

The prophet Isaiah specifically predicted that God would lay upon the Messiah the sin of the world.

Isaiah 53:6 says, "We all, like sheep, have gone astray. Each of us has turned to his own way, and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all."

Thus, as the soldier placed a crown of thorns on the head of Jesus, this actually symbolized the spiritual reality that God was placing upon Jesus the curse of sin.

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I think this is a good case of the literal (to mock him as "king" and bring him pain) and symbolic (thorns are a metaphor for sin) both being correct and valid answers! –  mxyzplk Aug 31 '11 at 21:26
At first i was like "What? Why am i reading where thorns came from?". Then i read the punchline. +1 –  DForck42 Aug 31 '11 at 21:27

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