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 We can be very sparing with good words and abundant with evil words:  look at the media, read a blog.  “I can’t believe I said that!”  Believe it.  And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell (The Epistle of James). We can not tame it, but by His Word from birth to death, from resurrection to Ascension today, He has claimed our tongues, our mouths.  O Lord, open Thou our lips and our mouths shall declare Thy praise (Psalm 51).  From His mouth, eating daily the Word of God, He spoke from the Cross, Forgive them for they know not what they do.  In repentance  the one evil doer prayed a pure prayer, a pure word, Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom. “Amen!  Today you will be with me in paradise”  Even now, the foretaste of heaven is always in His Word.

The words hurled at Jesus were intended to be rocks thrown at Him.  The utter irony of the mocking, If you are the Son of God, come down and save yourself.  He did not come to save Himself for He needed no saving.  He came down to save.  He taught day and night from His journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and Golgotha.  Men lied about Jesus and still do, If you are the Son of God. Satan hurled words of temptation at Him and does at us, If you really are a Christian.  Men tried to trap Him with His own words, but He escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler.  He answered with the Good News of the Kingdom.  He answered with, Your sins are forgiven you.  He answered, Come forth from tomb.  He answered with the Word, Your faith has saved you.  He never said, Go to hell but always pointed us to Him and heaven. He still does. He said, take up your cross and follow Me.  He said, come to Me all ye who are burdened and heavy laden  and you will find rest for our souls. He said, Take and eat, take and drink, This is My Body, This is the blood of new testament.

Pilate put over Jesus’ head upon the Cross an inscription.  Usually the inscription would describe the crime of the man crucified.  Pilate put up in three languages, Greek, Latin and Aramaic, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The chief priests did not like this, instead saying it should read, He said he was King of the Jews. What I have written, I have written. Pilate was not posting a crime, but part of the Lord’s identity, and as our King, He taught and blessed till the end.  He has given us His Word and given us Words as ours, as in,  Our Father who are in heaven.

Let us pray,

O Lord Jesus Christ, who wears such a superscription on Your cross: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, also be my Jesus and Savior, my King and Ruler. Uphold me in Your kingdom of grace, and lead me into the kingdom of glory. May Your poverty make me rich in my soul. May Your nakedness be my covering, so that the shame of my nakedness may never be revealed before the pure eyes of God. Amen.

  

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The crown of thorns was firmly place on our Lord’s head.  The head is the origin of thoughts. “A Penny for your Thoughts” is a Twilight Zone episode about a mild mannered bank teller who has been endowed with a gift to read other people’s minds.  I think it would be frightening but even more frightening someone knowing what goes on in my mind. Jesus taught us the true understanding and use of God’s Law:  If you look lustfully at someone else, you have committed adultery, if you are angry with your brother, it is murder.  The true use of the Law is spiritual and it does not take much imagination to guess what goes on in the minds of sinners. 

In our increasingly secularized society, in stead of a prayer, it is:  “I’ll have a good thought for you”.  Well meaning, but it easier said than done most days, hours, minutes, seconds.  The sharpness of our thoughts are as piercing as these thorns, like the ones sunk into the Sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, weighed done with our grief and shame. His thorns can remind us of evil thoughts and remind us of the One who bore the vain imaginations of the people He created to be His own.  These thorns remind of His blood pouring down upon head that He redeemed us as temples of the Holy Spirit.  In Christ, these temples of our heads, are His, He bought them back with thorns piercing His flesh, and bearing our shame in His heart, soul and mind. Pray without ceasing, anytime, anywhere and the Holy Spirit will cleanse this temple in faith in Christ by God’s grace.  Let us pray…

Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before you, O Lord, and let your loving kindness descend upon us, that with purified minds we may sing your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host, and may glorify you forever and ever. Amen

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