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His Crown of Thorns

© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A priest wipes the Crown of Thorns, a relic of the passion of Christ, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, April 14, 2017.

 

Today, reply is on the keeping of sacred relics among Christian believers. Many are presently offering their prayers in response to the massive fire that raged on April 15, 2019 through areas of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. There is great concern for the irreplaceable art treasures, stained glass windows, and sacred relics maintained there. The first house erected on the earth as a dwelling place for the divine presence was a tabernacle featuring panels of cloth and boards of cedar wood. In addition to daily offerings and sacrifices of blood being made there, sanctified objects that compare to relics were gathered. The Ark of the Covenant was found within the tabernacle that was a storage chest to preserve and transport selected sacred objects commanded to be kept by divinity as memorials. These items were to be maintained within the ark beneath the platform where the Shekinah presence of GOD appeared (we say, between the cherubim; the Bema Seat; the Mercy Seat; the throne of judgment). The ark held two tables of stone displaying the covenant law that first had been written by the finger of GOD, and later was proclaimed by the voice of GOD to those assembled at Horeb; a pot of the manna that fell daily and not on the Sabbath for 40 years during the wanderings of Israel; and the almond rod of Aaron that GOD made to bud and blossom overnight to indicate the family and tribe whose inheritance would be the priesthood of Israel. One of the fighters in the “Yahoo! Answers” public forum on Religion and Spirituality who uses the ID “Anonymous” (no profile information shown) posted the following:

 

Why would Catholics store what they claim to be Jesus’ crown of thorns in a wooden building?

The Notre Dame cathedral was built mostly of wood.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW: Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; (Hebrews 9: 4, King James Version, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER: The Virginity of Mary (01/14/2019); Attend Chapel or Church? (02/04/2018); The Pattern To Follow? (01/19/2018); Flesh As Divine Vessels? (01/14/2018); Worship and the Cross (11/27/2017); Spirit, Spirit Beings, Spirit Persons? (10/13/2015); About Praying to Mary (08/21/2015); Ark of the Covenant? (03/17/2015)

 

Anonymous”, among the faithful, houses of worship (tabernacles, temples, cathedrals) are to be fashioned after the pattern of things in heaven. In the same way Christians rely on GOD for the keeping of the physical body (often called, a house), the cleansing and keeping of buildings and places for assembly by the people of GOD rely on continuous operations by divinity. In addition to copper, gold and silver, the architectural materials for the first sanctuary prepared on the earth at the time of Moses featured the use of cedar wood. The sacred discipline of acknowledging and preserving relics is in harmony with maintaining observances, memorials, and sacred practices as an inheritance for the children of GOD upon the earth. Mature believers in divinity seek to capture and repeat the authentic proclamations, promises, divine utterances, and testimonies they receive as benefit and privilege from GOD, and that they are challenged to share by unselfishly ministering to others.

While relics are accounted as objects that have been set apart for divine use (we say, made anointed, consecrated, holy, sanctified), and are preserved following sacred events that may include miracles, relics are not believed to embody life essence (i.e., breath; spirit; word) from the makeup of GOD that appears within all the living. Relics are not idols; yet, may be displayed using ceremonies, customs and traditions. Only sinners who return to GOD through rebirth and repentance will contain the inseparable aspects of divine fullness that join mankind to divinity in ongoing relationship. Included are faith, holiness, lovingkindness, oneness without sameness, personhood, wisdom, and wrath against sin. Relics are lifeless objects having no independent ability, or sovereign will that allows communication, exchange, or their own continued existence among the living.

Mankind’s continued use and keeping of relics may be understood as another demonstration of faith that the proclamations, promises, prophecies, and eternal purposes of GOD concerning mankind’s salvation and eternal life will be fulfilled. Value for the Scripture record is affirmed and acknowledged, and the holy writings are endorsed as a genuine revelation of divine authority, grace, integrity, and righteousness. The hope (i.e., what believers are commanded by divinity to expect) regarding their benefits, gifts, and provisions from GOD emerges through the fresh endowment of spirit substance each believer receives from the makeup of GOD. For overcoming mortality, sin, and the second death, such finite human tools as determination (we say, a made-up-mind; willpower), carnal reason, logic, philosophy, science, technology and worldly wisdom are secondary to godly commitment, discernment, sacred knowledge, and holy vision. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible:

1. Numbers 17: 6-10, King James Version (KJV): 6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 8 And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 9 And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.

2. 2nd Corinthians 5: 1-10, KJV: 1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: 3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. 4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. 5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit. 6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

3. 1st Corinthians 3: 11-17, KJV: 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

There is far more that should be said, correctly examined, and spiritually apprehended. (For example, 4. Hebrews 9: 11-15, KJV: 11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.) Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful. Be it unto you according to your faith.

 

AN AFTERTHOUGHT: The acceptance of relics is very much a matter of ones faith, rather than doctrine, liturgy, and the practice of sacraments. Due to ignorance, incomplete knowledge of the occult, fascination with the supernatural, and superstition among developing believers, relics often are taken to be keepsakes or souvenirs from sacred events and miracles; objects that allow a person to have control, influence and power over the minds and conduct of others; items that ensure good fortune, luck and prosperity; and even, devices said to have magical properties. The holy writings do contain accounts that appear to describe the workings believed possible for a relic. Consider again the following that uses language from the Bible: 2nd Kings 13: 20-21, King James Version (KJV): 20 And Elisha died, and they buried him. And the bands of the Moabites invaded the land at the coming in of the year. 21 And it came to pass, as they were burying a man, that, behold, they spied a band of men; and they cast the man into the sepulchre of Elisha: and when the man was let down, and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived, and stood up on his feet. Also, it is written: Acts 19: 11-12, KJV: 11 And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: 12 So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. In the church, relics are instruments of prophecy (comfort, edification, exhortation), and are associated with healing, miracles, and resurrection.

 

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The humiliation (some say, the Passion) of Jesus before his crucifixion, Pontius Pilate, and the crown of thorns are in view, today.  Also, there is more on GOD everywhere.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Steven” (Level 1 with 65 points, a member since October 20, 2010) posted the following:

 

Why was Jesus scourged before crucifixion? 

Was it roman tradition to torture people before executing them or did they do it specifically because he was Jesus. Also was the crown of thorns also a roman tradition for some kind of wreath crown.

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  GOD Everywhere? (04/04/2014)—(6.)  Our human dependence upon the frameworks of time and space require peculiar structures to organize the data within our consciousness, and to apply the elements of our shared experience as communication.  Included are congruence, continuum, dimension (e.g., breadth, depth, height, length, weight), distance, inclination, juxtaposition, location, measure, orientation, polarity, and quantity.  Even our simple expressions that place heaven above, and earth below, are elements within a comprehensive system intended for management of material and physical substance.  Awareness of spirit matter and life essence are only generated by divinity.  The finite human mind does not naturally project and maintain an idea of mankind’s existing without boundaries and limitations that are generated and imposed by ones context (we say, ones environment, or sphere of existence), by introspection (i.e., examination of ones own feelings and thoughts), as well as by contact and interaction with objects having various characteristics, or with other life forms and sentient beings (we say, collective, communal, and social exchange).  A clear understanding of eternal duration, divine purpose, and sacred (yet, nonmaterial) substance is required to correctly and fully grasp the things of GOD that are now being revealed to us through the ministry of Jesus as our Redeemer and Risen Lord.  Mankind was created to be a “life companion” with GOD.  To undo the damage that has been caused through sin—and to make possible for mankind the millennial reign within heaven as an extended appearance or visitation with Christ Incarnate—the children of Adam must be transformed to continue as immortal, incorruptible, perfected, and sanctified.  Consider then:  1st Corinthians 15:  52-54, Romans 2:  3-13, 1st Timothy 6:  12-16, 2nd Timothy 1:  7-10, 1st John 4:  1-19 and Revelation 20:  1-10, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.  And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe,  And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.  Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.  Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!  When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out, saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take ye him, and crucify him:  for I find no fault in him.  The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.  When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he was the more afraid;  And went again into the judgment hall, and saith unto Jesus, Whence art thou? But Jesus gave him no answer.  Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee?  Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above:  therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.  And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him:  but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar’s friend:  whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar.  When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha.  And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour:  and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!  But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar.  Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away.  And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:  Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.  And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.  (John 19:  1-19, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  The Judges Who Condemned Jesus? (01/17/2014); About the Second Coming? (01/18/2014); GOD Angry With Us? (12/08/2013); So We Could Have Life? (12/09/2013); The Firstborn, Higher than Kings? (12/18/2012); The Ascension of Christ? (12/19/2012); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012); Parental Duty? (10/08/2012); What Is Reality (a.k.a. Truth)? (09/29/2012); Divine Self-Sacrifice? (09/30/2012)

 

“Steven”, here are some points I may share from my studies of the holy writings, and my faith as a Christian believer:

(1.)  The authority of the Roman empire was represented by Pontius Pilate; and Rome ruled the then-known-world.  Those nations not directly under Rome were still required to accept Roman conventions and customs for their prosperity, trade, and survival.  Herod was king at the discretion of Rome to further appease and quiet the region.  However, the true power was invested in Pilate.

(2.)  As governor, and the highest ranking authority of the province, the decisions for capital punishment (the death sentence) could only be made with Pilate’s approval.

(3.)  To Pilate, the charges made by the Sanhedrin on behalf of the Jewish people appeared based on arbitrary and arguable religious beliefs.  More than this, he could see there was bias, lack of material evidence, and malice.  The charges (blasphemy, insurrection, and treason) were, at best, political and unfounded, while at their worst, sparked by envy and murderous.

(4.)  When Pilate could not use the mechanism of annual pardon during a feast event for the release of Jesus, he tried to satisfy the ugly crowds and their leaders by having Jesus mocked and whipped.  He believed a harsh punishment, humiliation, and stern warnings would be enough to discourage any more public appearances for Jesus.  He turned Jesus over to his personal guard, men who were all veteran soldiers that had jeopardized their lives for him, and were all highly favored and trusted.

(5.)  The “bully boys” went to work mocking Jesus for the claim of kingship.  Where a crown of green laurel leaves would be bestowed to a champion in victory, or a conqueror in their triumph at Rome following a parade of heroic display and pomp, Jesus was to be crowned with a wreath of dead thorns.  Like the gambling for his robe, their physical abuse of Jesus was spontaneous, unrestrained, and (from the view of the Guard) no less than they would be given by Pilate.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually apprehended.  (For example, (6.)  Pilate was given no formal, reliable and written reports of the ministry Jesus had established over the course of 3½ years.  For many of the Jewish authorities, ignorance, lack of knowledge, and lack of direct experience (we say, eyewitness) suppressed their correctly describing the systematic doctrines and teachings of Jesus along with skepticism and unbelief that further blocked their acknowledgment of the healings, exorcisms, and miracles.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to the measure of divine faith that resides in you.

For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.  Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.   (Hebrews 12:  3-4, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC

Jesus as both GOD and Son of GOD, the differences in shared knowledge among Christians, and the mother of GOD are in view, today.  Also, there is more on the bread of GOD.  A “Yahoo! Answers” writer using the ID “Tamima” (Level 1 with 118 points, a member since February 27, 2014) posted the following that was originally asked on Yahoo Answers UK & Ireland:

 

Christians why do you believe that Jesus is the son of god?

You know it dons’t make sense coz some Christians say that Jesus is the son of god while the others say Jesus is the god like what? if u call yourself Christians then how come you don’t believe in the same thing because you don’t see other religions doing that they all believe in the same god and the rules. Also my 2nd question is if Jesus is the son of god then how about the mother? you have no prove whatsoever!

 

THE BATTLE AXE:  The Bread of GOD (03/01/2014)—All the things that increase and impart divine spirit content may be spoken of as bread from GOD.  Included are the Bible, the continuing practice of sacraments (e.g., baptism, confession, the Lord’s Supper), fellowship with other believers, regular prayer, and focused study.  In the same way that Jesus is to be received as the bread of GOD, the followers of Christ also are one bread and one body.  See Psalms 22:  25-26, Ezekiel 34:  1-31, John 21:  13-17, 2nd Timothy 2:  14-16, 1st Corinthians 5:  5-13 and 10:  15-17, KJV.

 

THE GOLDEN ARROW:  And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:  A sower went out to sow his seed:  and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.  And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.  And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.  And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be?  And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God:  but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.  Now the parable is this:  The seed is the word of God.  Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
(Luke 8:  4-15, KJV)

 

THE DOUBLE DAGGER:  Jesus Is GOD’s (12/28/2013); Alpha and Omega (12/29/2013); Fear & GOD? (12/30/2013); Word Jesus Rose? (11/08/2013); Why Was A Son Sent? (11/10/2013); Promise of A Spirit? (11/11/2013); (Sacrificed and Risen? (10/06/2013); Assurances of Salvation? (10/07/2013); A Kindness to Mary? (04/21/2013); When GOD Controls? (04/22/2013); How Was GOD Known Before Jesus? (10/06/2012); Jesus, King of Earth? (10/07/2012)

 

“Tamima”, here are some points to consider that will never be “proof” to anyone spiritually blind, or those who seek to meddle in the things of GOD, yet, are vitally important to mature Christian belief:

(1.)  Those who believe that divinity is operating in ways that may be recognized, and are visible for mankind must all learn a new way of speaking and thinking.  It is as if there is a special language among believers that changes the use of certain words, and that absolutely must be used for understanding divine actions, sacred events, and eternal purposes.  For example, “spirit” is no material or physical thing that exists.  GOD is spirit; and Spirit is made up of spirit, and nothing else.  Spirit is not cloud, fog, mist, smoke, or steam. 

(2.)  To acknowledge that GOD has appeared among mankind in the flesh (we say, incarnate) is necessary in order to more completely realize the full extent and reach of divine being, glory, power, and sovereignty.  GOD has put forth the form and life essence (we say, spirit) of all created beings and living creatures; and continues to use the form of mankind to make divinity known and visible.

(3.)  The personal and intimate relationship of “son” is used, rather than that of daughter or spouse, to communicate using peculiar ideas common to all mankind, such as courage, duty, gratitude, family, faithfulness, forgiveness, humility, inheritance, obedience, purity, and sacrifice.

There is a lot more to be said, correctly applied, and spiritually understood that may not be presented, here, at this time.  (For example, (4.)  GOD must act to display and make knowledge of divinity possible (we say, reveal himself).  The living must “discover” the aspects of GOD through life experiences that exhibit divine substance existing within such features as attitudes, behaviors, commitments, conditions, objects, and persons.)  Even so, I trust this fragment will be useful.  Be it unto you according to your faith.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  (Romans 10:  9-10, KJV)

THE BLACK PHOENIX
Washington, DC