(soldiers) twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on (Yeshua’s) head…and (they) struck him on the head again and again. -Matthew 27:29-30
He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities…he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors. -Isaiah 53:5, 12
When Yeshua went to the execution stake, he suffered untold physical assaults and unimaginable agonies. Among the hideous wounds he received were terrible attacks on his head – the crown of thorns, the beatings, the ripping out of his beard (Isaiah 50:6). Like most of his body, his head was surely a bloody mess. All these things he endured for the purpose of providing atonement for the sin of the world. In taking on the sin of the world, his head was scarlet; his head was crimson.
Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool. Isaiah 1:18
This is a stark contrast. Our sin, as deeply red as any red could be – like blood – will be white – like wool, like snow.
Imagine what Yeshua looked like on the execution stake. He was bloody all over, including – maybe especially – his head.
Now see him as he appeared to Yochanan (John) at the revelation.
The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow…. Revelation 1:14
The repetition of this pair of similes is no accident. Yeshua’s head was red – scarlet, crimson – and now, his head is white as wool, white as snow.
We already knew that Yeshua’s submission to death on the execution stake took away our sin. But this line drawn from a passage in Isaiah to a vision in Revelation reveals to us again the powerful strength and unity of the Word of YHVH. It reminds us that he means what he says, and he does not forget his promises.