Crown of Thorns: Reversing the Curse

And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. -Mark 15:17 ESV

After the fall, God told Adam that the ground would be cursed and it would bring forth thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:18). When Christ was crowned with thorns, He was taking upon Himself the curse of sin, not just for humanity,but also the curse of Creation. In His death, Christ absorbed the curse and sin. In His resurrection, He defeated sin, death, and the grave, and reversed the curse that had subjected creation to futility (Rom. 8:20-22). It is then with this that we can further understand why Mark records Jesus as commissioning His disciples with a charge to, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” – Mark 16:15 ESV

Helpful Links

Reversing the Fall and Setting Creation Free by Vern Poythress

Reversing the Curse? by Peter Leithart


5 thoughts on “Crown of Thorns: Reversing the Curse

  1. Hello!
    it’s true! Jesus Christ took our sin and the curse (that came because of the sin of man), on Him and gave us His Righteousness.
    Now, i personaly don’t agree that the course of the earth it’s been taking care of yet…
    I made a little study about tithing and the Word shows that everything that comes from the earth containd the taint of the curse on it, therefor, God stablished tithing as a principle to purify (make holy), what we get from the earth and by doing this, we, the Church, will prosper to be able to share the gospel os Christ.(Lev. 27:30; Ro. 11:16)
    You and i (born again beleivers), have been made holy (1 Cor. 1:30), but the Word says that the creation “will” be set free from the course of the sin of man (Adam) Ro. 8:19-22
    Anyway, i just wanted to share this with you and your visitors and thanks for this posting!

  2. thanks for the info on tithing, i never thought of that. I agree that the creation will be set free, I am postmillennial, and so i believe that, as the old Advent hymn, Joy to the World, goes:

    No more let sins and sorrows grow,
    Nor thorns infest the ground;
    He comes to make His blessings flow
    Far as the curse is found,
    Far as the curse is found,
    Far as, far as, the curse is found.

    Thanks bro.

  3. It is sin after all that makes nature groan. I agree that the reversal began at the cross. However, just as in unfulfilled prophecy, not all is finished. Much more to come. At the very least another 1/3 of passages yet to be fulfilled. Lucifer is still the God of the air…He has not been chained nor thrown into the pit. Therefore, God’s Creation continues to suffer. The culmination of this ‘disease’ ‘unrest’ will bring about Christ’s return and through the next chain of events will bring about the ‘End Times.’ The Christ will physically rule the earth. According to scripture He indeed holds the deed to the earth. Soon, He will take it all back. Then and only then will God’s creation be as it once was in the Garden, at peace. Only then will Paul’s prayers for the ‘Peace of Jerusalem’ be realized.

    • Hey Chuck. Thanks for posting, not too many people do, so I get excited when it happens. I have to disagree with your eschatology though. Neither I, nor this blog is favorable to the premillennial dispensational system of interpretation. There are countless of reasons for that, which I will not seek to do at this present moment, though I do have a 3 part series of posts concerning my eschatological position on certain texts. You can view them here under the heading “For He Must Reign”:

      Also if you haven’t yet seen Dr. Kenneth Gentry’s Blog I highly suggest you do. You can view that Blog here:

      Have fun, and God Bless.

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