The Hebrew language uses pictographic characters and each tell a story. The word for “thorn” is an insightful tale. Kof is the word's first letter, and stands for holiness. The bowls and utensils in the Temple were stamped with this letter to indicate that they were set apart for special purposes—holy.
Second in the word is the letter ‘vav’. It represents a person. The character looks like a man from the side profile.
Last is the letter “tzaddi”, and has more than one meaning, but the one I’ll emphasize is “righteousness”. This letter is made of two strokes, which are actually two letters combined. Tzaddi is made of a ‘vav’ and a ‘yud’. Yud is the symbol of the Spirit of God. So, tzaddi is the picture of a man in whom is the Spirit of God—a righteous man.
When a person is set apart for God (holy) they allow the Spirit of God to lead, guide, and direct them at all times. When things are easy, this is also easy, but what happens during times of trouble, tribulation, and hardship? One who continues to be led of God’s Spirit in spite of pain and loss, is a righteous person.
Jesus, was completely righteous. On the cross he pictured for us the principle of greatness which is steadfastness to the will and ways of God even when it is painful. Paul encouraged, “Our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” James says, “Consider it pure joy when you face trials…don’t you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance, and perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature?“ John assures, “Do no be afraid of what you are about to suffer. Be faithful even unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”