Jesus Sent To Be Crucified!
Then Pilate had Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip. The soldiers wove a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they put a purple robe on him. “Hail! King of the Jews!” they mocked, as they slapped him across the face.
John 19:1-3 (NLT)
Never at a loss for an idea, Pilate tried a new approach—sympathy. The crowd had cried “Crucify Him!” (Mark 15:14) but perhaps they would be placated if Jesus were scourged.
What man could behold a scourged prisoner and still want the victim crucified?
The scourge was a leather whip, knotted and weighted with pieces of metal or bone; and many a prisoner never survived the whipping. It pains us to think that the sinless Son of God was subjected to such cruelty. He was innocent, yet He was treated as though He were guilty; and He did it for us. He was slapped in the face before Annas (John 18:22), and spat on and beaten before Caiaphas and the council (Matt. 26:67). Pilate scourged Him and the soldiers smote Him; and before they led Him to Calvary, the soldiers mocked Him and beat Him with a rod (Mark 15:19).
How much He suffered for us!
Pilate had called Him “King of the Jews” (John 18:39), so the soldiers decided that the “king” should have a crown and a robe. The Jews had mocked His claim to being a Prophet (Matt. 26:67-68), and now the Gentiles mocked His claim to being a King. The verb tenses in the Greek text in John 19:3 indicate that the soldiers repeatedly came to Him, mocked Him, and beat Him with their hands. The forces of hell were having a heyday in Pilate’s hall.
Sin had brought thorns and thistles into the world (Gen. 3:17-19), so it was only fitting that the Creator wear a crown of thorns as He bore the sins of the world on the cross. The very metal He had created and placed in the ground was used to make nails to pound through His hands and feet.
Oh what love for us this demonstrated! Jesus endured mockery that He could have stopped in a heartbeat. Thank You, Jesus, for loving us more than Yourself.