When I first came across a pot of this plant with red flowers in dad's garden many years ago, I stayed a mile away as I thought the sharp spines on the branches looked ferocious and I would risk getting myself scratched while roaming in the garden.  

My opinion of these what I once thought were dangerous-looking plants changed one fine day about two years ago after a stroll in my friend's garden.  I spotted a collection of them in various colours - red, pink, light yellow and white and they were pretty.  I ventured near them to take a closer look and actually found the little two-bract flowers very sweet when I looked past the spiny branches. 

I took quite a few pictures of the colourful flowers which I now saw in a different light and tried to search online to find out more about them after I got home that evening.  I was astonished by what I found as I was not prepared for it --- the common names of this plant (Euphorbia Milii) are crown of thorns, Christ thorn and Christ plant!

A wave of emotion suddenly washed over me... it was poignant as I was reminded by the sheer name of these sweet-looking blooms of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore while he was bearing the cross and making his way to Calvary to be crucified more than two thousand years ago.

Matthew 20:28

Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

1 John 4:9-10

9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Published by Evon Foo