Then the Roman soldiers took him into the barracks of the palace, called out the entire palace guard, dressed him in a purple robe, and made a crown of long, sharp thorns and put it on his head. Then they saluted, yelling, “Yea! King of the Jews!” And they beat him on the head with a cane, and spat on him, and went down on their knees to “worship” him.
When they finally tired of their sport, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again and led him away to be crucified.
Crucifixion was the Roman penalty for rebellion. Only slaves or those who were not Roman citizens could be crucified. If Jesus died by crucifixion, he would die the death of a rebel and slave. Crucifixion also put the responsibility for killing Jesus on the Romans, and thus the crowds could not blame the religious leaders.
Alone but Unafraid
These Roman soldiers were merciless in their torture of Jesus. Yet Jesus had already been deserted by all his disciples when they ran from the garden in terror. One of his closest friends, Peter, denied that he ever knew Jesus. Another disciple, Judas, betrayed him. The crowds who had followed Jesus stood by and did nothing. Two influential leaders, Pilate, and Herod, refused to do anything. The religious leaders, who should have been the first to recognize the Messiah, actively promoted Jesus’ death. Jesus took all of this for our sakes so that he could go to the cross and carry out the plan of salvation. When people don’t understand your faith, or they make fun of it, remember what Jesus went through for you and remain strong.