A Fire has Consumed the Notre Dame Cathedral, not much has survived.
Fire has broken out at the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Fire started on April 15th at about 7:00 PM and is presumed to be connected to the construction work that was being done on the Notre Dame Cathedral. The fire was estimated to double in size every 30 seconds since it started. Firefighters battled the blaze for hours, one firefighter lost his life. By sunset, the blaze was still ongoing and was not supressed until well into the night. Notre Dame’s historic spire was seen toppling about an hour into the blaze.
After the blaze had raged on, it met it’s match to the perseverent fight of the local firefighters. Then came the task of sifting through the ashes and see what endured the hellish blaze.
The Crown of Thorns endured the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire
The Crown of thorns was among the ancient relics that endured the fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral. The crown of thorns, encased in a glass and golden case inside the Notre Dame Cathedral for hundreds of years is thought to be the crown of thorns that was pressed into Jesus skull during his death by crucifixion.
As Easter approaches, there is a lot of symbolism surrounding the Notre Dame Cathedral Fire. What captivates me is the survival of the Crown of thorns through the punishing fire of the Symbolic Notre Dame Cathedral. After the near unstoppable fire of the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Crown of thorns endured.
Was this the Real Crown of Thorns of Jesus’ Crucifixion?
Was this the real crown of thorns that was actually used during the crucifixion of Jesus Christ? Probably not. Christianity, Judaism and most religion is filled with physical objects that the blessed have not seen, and still believe to exist.
But we can read about this Crown of thorns. It is the epitome of suffering. When the Jewish people, the very people that Jesus Christ belonged to (or they to him) turned Jesus in to the authorities for sentencing, oops. Herod, the governor of the time had no authority to sentence Jesus for any crime. Herod turned Jesus over to a Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.
Pontius Pilate, a Roman governor found Jesus innocent, however the Jews pushed for a sentence of death. Finally, the Jews got what they wanted, a Roman style execution, Crucifixion, that only a Roman could authorize.
What exactly was the Crown of Thorns?
There are many gruesome aspects to a death by crucifixion: it starts with a flogging. A whip is made of several leather strips and glass, wood, bone fragments are tied into the whip. The subject of crucifixion is then whipped repeatedly until the back of the victim is torn right through to the muscle layers. The back of Jesus was described to be plowed like a field. Circulatory shock likely ensued this first flogging.
Already bleeding badly, a crown of thorns was pressed into Jesus head. I have always wondered, how far did this crown of thorns penetrate Jesus head? It is conceivable by the laws of physics (P=F/A) that the individual thorns could have penetrated right through the soft spots of Jesus skull. We have not even got to the actual crucifixion yet, this was just the pre-torture.
Pilate himself deemed Jesus innocent, not deserving of this death. Why did Jesus need to suffer in this way? The Crown of Thorns, some could say, represents the depth of personal suffering Jesus suffered.
The Crown of Thorns Represents Suffering for another person.
Suffering bewilders us. Not many understand the need for suffering, especially when suffering affects you personally. Your years of hard work at the company have been thrown away and eaten up by a senseless merger. You’ve lived an exemplary life and your reward is a mysterious cancer diagnosis. We can work through these types of suffering, at least when you endure, you are personally rewarded.
But what about when one suffers for another? The soldier that agonizes over months and years away from her family, only to return down the highway of heroes. Only the brave would choose to suffer for another, often for friends or copatriots.
The Crown of Thorns, a gruesome precursor to a sacrificial death was an act of suffering not for himself, not even for his friends or country men. This act of suffering was for his enemies; which was senseless, to many. For Jesus though? The Crown of Thorns was necessary for the reconciliation of the human race, and also an enduring example of reconciliation that is still relevant today, outlasting even the flames of the Notre Dame Cathedral.