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Jesus wore a crown of thorns. What does INRI mean on the cross of Jesus Christ?

Pilate took Jesus and had him beaten. Jesus wore a crown of thorns. The soldiers plaited a crown of thorns, put it on his head, and clothed him in a purple robe. Then they came up to Him and said, “Go away, King of the Jews!” And they slapped Him.

Jesus wore a crown of thorns on His head to show you that He wore the curse¹. In your place and redeemed you from it. He wore the Crown of thorns so that you could work without stress and still get results. You no longer have to toil day and night like the rest of the world. To get through life’s thorns. Your heavenly Father can seat you in victory without stress. And above His head crowned with thorns was a small plate on which was written INRI, symbolizing the text: Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum, which is also translated² as Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

So the mockery that our holy King suffered at the hands of the Romans, who put a king’s Crown full of thorns on his head, did not achieve its purpose: to humiliate and disgrace Him before the whole world. No humiliation endured in the land of wickedness and full of curses had the possibility and divine authority to mar His glory.

Why did they put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head?

Jesus receives the Crown of thorns as a mockery of the true one, ridiculing the title “Emperor of the Jews.” But it is still a crown. This time it sums up the tragedy of human existence, swinging between divinity and materiality, between the transcendent and the immanent. The thorns, like rays, are twisted, lacking the straightness, the order, the perfection of divine creation. The thorns may represent humanity³ in its post-fall state of sin, humanity incapable of rising to its former model. Jesus, Himself is the expression of this state of affairs. He is, first and foremost, the son of justice and righteousness.

In addition, they put a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head to humiliate Him for His affirmation that He is King. The Crown of any king or emperor is the symbol of power, the dominion that extends over everyone and everything.

The Crown is, therefore, an attribute of absolute power but also one of sacredness, not by chance in many religions or esoteric doctrines; the top of the head is the place where divine energy can penetrate. Therefore the Crown of holiness, like the Cross, must be assumed. What does the Crown of thorns that Jesus wore on the road to Calvary mean? It means the suffering endured by Jesus for our future sins.

Key Verse related to His Crown of Thorns

The soldiers also twisted together a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and threw a purple robe around Him.

John 19:2 (NIV)

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How many thorns were on the Crown of Jesus?

Flogging was horrible and infamous torture, reserved only for enslaved people and political rebels. It was a terrible punishment. So it often caused the death of its victims alone. The Lord suffered it in the Praetorium before the death sentence on the Cross was pronounced. Then the hostas stripped Him naked, dressed Him in a red cloak, like the kings and emperors of the East, put a crown of thorns on His head, gave Him a reed for a scepter, and, kneeling before Him, mocked Him, saying: Rejoice, O emperor of the Jews! Therefore spitting on Him, they took the reed and beat Him. And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of his cloak, arrayed Him in His garments, and led Him away to crucify him.

In the Crown that Jesus wore, there were many thorns, about 72. The Bible doesn’t mention how many, but we can deduce that there were millions… (which represent sinful people), yet one statement says there were 72 thorns in Jesus’ Crown.

The soldiers had retained the capital guilt attributed to Jesus: He considered Himself King of the Jews, so He deserves a crown. The Evangelist John notes that, after the sentence was passed, Pilate ordered the reason for the punishment to be written on a tablet: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.

Where is the Crown of thorns from Jesus?

The Lord is mocked and tormented in the Praetorium. He takes the Cross on his back and sets off for Calvary. Exhausted by the torments and crushed by the weight of the Cross, the Lord falls. The Mother of God makes her way through the crowd and tries to help her Son. Veronica offers the Saviour a mahram to wipe his face. Simon of Cyrene is forced by the Hosts to carry the Cross of Jesus. Towards Golgotha Hill, the daughters of Jerusalem weep for the Lord. The Lord falls again as he leaves the city. At the place of crucifixion, the Lord is stripped naked and prepared for crucifixion; he is nailed to the Cross. Jesus, the Holy One, gives his life for the world’s salvation.

It is said that today the Crown of thorns worn by Jesus can be found in a museum in Paris. More precisely: the Louvre.

After recounting this scene similarly, Luke adds that a large crowd of people and women who were mourning and weeping followed him. And turning to them, Jesus said, Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for Me, but for yourselves and your children, for the days are coming, when they will say: Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that have not brought forth, and the breasts that have not suckled. Then shall they begin to speak to the mountains, Fall on us, and to the hills: Cover us: for if they do so with the green tree, what shall be with the dry? And they took two evildoers with him, that they might bury them with Him.

Was Jesus the King of the Jews?

Letter of King Abgar of Edessa to Jesus Christ and the Saviour’s Reply to Abgar. The King of Edessa, Abgar, called upon Jesus in his letter to heal him of a severe illness, offering him hospitality in Edessa. Jesus replies that he cannot go to Edessa but will send one of his disciples. Even if the person of Abgar of Edessa is historical, his correspondence with Jesus Christ must be considered doubtful since the Emperor Saviour wrote nothing.

Jesus was the emperor of the Jews and all. Christ called himself emperor and King, even if not directly.

When he questioned him, he said to Pilate: Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world. Suppose my domain was of this world. My servants would have fought to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But now, My part is not from here. From the middle of the second century, the Jews’ silence about Jesus Christ changed: they began to spread slanderous news about his origin⁴ and life. Some pagan writers then borrowed this news.

What does INRI stand for in Christianity?

Christ spent the first thirty years of His life in the obscure village of Nazareth. The inhabitants of this village were proverbially wicked, hence Nathanael’s question, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” But the Gospels say very little about the early years of Jesus’ life. Christ lived for thirty years in Nazareth, which many said they would wonder if anything good could come off, is a rebuke to young people who believe that a religious character must conform to circumstances.

The INRI in Christianity symbolizes JESUS, THE NAZARINEAN, KING OF THE JEWS. He was also declared so with a small board, INRI above His head in mockery. “What I have written, I have written!” said decisively, Pilate in Latin. And he left the tablet untouched, proclaiming Jesus as King. Unbeknownst to him, with a kingdom in his heart. But one day, Pilate will see God’s kingdom and weep bitterly.

Primary Takeaways

  • Jesus is the King of Heaven and even the King of Jews.
  • After His baptism in the Jordan, Jesus returned to Galilee and prepared intensely for His future mission. The Synoptic Evangelists agree that Jesus began His ministry after John the Baptist was imprisoned.
  • Also, Jesus led a life of continuous prayer. As a young child, he attended services in the Jewish synagogue.


Jesus did not formulate His conception of the Messiah by criticizing the messianism of His time. To answer this question, one must not confuse the process by which the apostles and the crowds recognized the Christ-Messiah in Jesus of Nazareth with Jesus’ testimony to his identity and ministry as Christ the Messiah.