Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. (Matthew 13:7 ESV)
As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22 ESV)
and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” (Matthew 27:29 ESV)
When we look at the significance of the thorns in the Gospels, we see that they are compared to things that choke out the revelation of Christ.
I think thorns are a great metaphor for anxiety and fear. So when Jesus would go to the cross, unknowingly from all the possibilities of crown building materials, the Roman soldiers would choose thorns – the two reasons why I believed it needed to be thorns was because 1) obviously it is to cause further anguish and physical pain, and 2) to draw this link with the aforementioned parable as a prophetic symbol: Jesus was taking all the anxiety of humanity i.e things heavy on your heart etc, and as the crown of thorns is placed upon his head. It would symbolise Jesus taking upon himself the cares and concerns from us all.
He is the Prince of peace, and in Him there can be no room for anxiety.
discussion questions: what areas take up brain space, and cause you to worry or fear? Have you allowed Jesus to rule in that area?