Watching some of the coverage of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire, I have heard that there is a crown of thorns there that they believe to be the crown worn by Jesus on the cross. I have never heard of this before. Could this be possible? Does our WELS have an opinion as to whether this could be the actual crown of thorns worn by Jesus?
Our church body does not an official opinion on this. I can offer only a personal observation. It is only church legend that the crown of thorns is authentic. Historical documentation for the relic is weak. In addition, more than twenty churches throughout the world claim to have some fragments of Jesus’ crown of thorns.
As Christians, we do not need artifacts that correspond with events in the Bible. God’s record of events in the Bible is sufficient. Christian faith needs no visible proof (John 20:29; Hebrews 11:1).