- John 19:1-6
- John 19:1 (KJB)
- Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him.
- Here is where Pilate made the big mistake. He shows that he is truly a
weak leader and in fear of the mob. If he found no fault in Jesus, then he
should have not have acquiesced to the mob and had Jesus scourged. This
scourging meant that Pilate was now committed to the destruction of Jesus.
In ancient Rome, before a condemned prisoner was sent to be crucified they
were scourged with a Roman Scourge. The scourge had several strips of
leather and in those leather strips were tied pieces of bone, glass, and
lead. The impact of the scourge on the human body has been compared to a
shotgun blast at close range. The scourge would cause a massive amount of
bleeding as the lashes would hit the back and penetrate to artery depth. The
pain was excruciating, in fact, many prisoners died under the scourge. The
scourge created a horrible mess out of the body of the prisoner and Rome did
this to send a message to others that if they go against Rome, then this
would be their similar fate.
- John 19:2 (KJB)
- And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his
head, and they put on him a purple robe,
- Then after they had scourged Jesus, they placed a crown of thorns on his
head. These thorns would not have been like the small ones we see on a rose
bush but they would be long thorns which grew in Palestine. When this was
placed on the head of Jesus, the soldiers would have pressed it down on the
pate of the head and this would have been extremely painful plus it would
cause much bleeding. Then they placed a purple robe on Jesus which they did
because they were mocking Him. This robe was a symbol of Jesus being a King
as they continued to mock Him. This robe would have also caused Jesus much
more pain because the robe would adhere itself to the wounds made by the
scourge. When they took the robe off, it was ripped off and the pain would
have been like a second scourging.
- John 19:3 (KJB)
- And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.
- As He wore the crown of thorns and the purple robe, the people in
attendance were mocking Him by calling Him the King of the Jews. His wounds
with the whip and thorns were not enough for this blood thirsty crowd, many
had struck Him with their hands and with their fists. What humiliation the
Lord endured to gain our salvation!
- John 19:4 (KJB)
- Pilate therefore went forth again, and saith unto them, Behold, I bring
him forth to you, that ye may know that I find no fault in him.
- Here is the two faced judgment style of Pilate. He now brings Jesus out
to the crowd bloody and in much pain and humiliation and then says that he
still finds no fault in Jesus. He thought maybe the scourging and seeing
Jesus being mocked with the crown of thorns would pacify this blood thirsty
crowd. If Pilate had found no fault with Jesus, then what was He being
punished for? Pilate was a weak ruler and did what he could to appease the
crowd but it was to be of no use because their minds were made up. We must
always keep in mind that these people were doing the will of God because
Jesus had to die for our salvation.
- John 19:5 (KJB)
- Then came Jesus forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe.
And Pilate saith unto them, Behold the man!
- Then Pilate brings Jesus out in front of the crowd with the robe and
crown and was hoping that the crowd may have pity on Jesus and would let Him
go without further ado. Pilate would have said to the crowd on presenting
Jesus “Ecce Homo” which in Latin means “Behold the man.” Pilate, seeing the
demeanor of the crowd would not have said, even in a mocking manner, here is
your king because that would have further incited the crowd. Pilate wanted
to quiet this crowd and end this situation as fast as possible.
- John 19:6 (KJB)
- When the chief priests therefore and officers saw him, they cried out,
saying, Crucify him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Take
ye him, and crucify him: for I find no fault in him.
- Nothing was going to quell this crowd. The only thing that would quiet
this crowd is when Jesus would be crucified. The fact that Jesus was
scourged and bloody was not enough for the chief priests and the others.
They wanted Him crucified and Pilate again stating that he found no fault in
Jesus told the Jews to crucify Him themselves. The two usages of the word
“crucify” in this verse are both in the Imperative mood which means the Jews
were demanding action that Jesus be crucified. They were not suggesting,
they were demanding. Pilate did not want to be responsible for the death of
Jesus because he would be condemning an innocent man which was against the
law and abuse of his power.