Bleeding thorn - darkness born black

Francois de Mély supposed that the whole crown was not transferred to Byzantium until about 1063. In any case Justinian (died in 565) is stated to have given a thorn to St. Germain , Bishop of Paris , which was long preserved at Saint-Germain-des-Prés , while the Empress Irene , in 798 or 802, sent Charlemagne several thorns which were deposited by him at Aachen . Eight of these are said to have been there at the consecration of the basilica of Aachen by Pope Leo III . The presence of the Pope at the consecration is a later legend, but the relics apparently were there, for the subsequent history of several of them can be traced without difficulty. Four were given to Saint-Corneille of Compiègne in 877 by Charles the Bald . Hugh the Great, Duke of the Franks, sent one to the Anglo-Saxon King Athelstan in 927, on the occasion of certain marriage negotiations, and it eventually found its way to Malmesbury Abbey . Another was presented to a Spanish princess about 1160, and again another was taken to Andechs Abbey in Germany in the year 1200.

Crucifixion of Jesus Christ - His Eternal Gift
What does the crucifixion of Jesus Christ have to do with you? God, who knows what you're are made of, knew you could not live the sinless life necessary for heaven. So He decided to offer Himself in your place. He did that by becoming a man in the person of Jesus Christ, His own Son. Jesus lived a sinless life on earth.

God had said the punishment for sin is death. Since we all have sinned (Romans 3:23; 6:23), we needed someone sinless to die in our place. Jesus, being sinless, died in our place and became the saving grace of the world. He died for you! Romans 5:10 says, "For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!"

The Bible says, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. ." (Acts 16:31). Attending church or performing good works will not contribute to your salvation. God saves you by His grace.

Jesus is offering you the gift of eternal life. Will you accept it by faith?

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