The events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus make for a great drama. We can see the hatred of the Jews but also the attempts to save Jesus by the Roman proconsul Pilate. Some of it may seem to be harsh, but this is the world of the Romans.
“Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged severely. The soldiers braided a crown of thorns and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe. They came up to him again and again and said, ‘Hail, king of the Jews!’ And they struck him repeatedly in the face.” (John 19:1-3 NET)
Why did Pilate have Jesus flogged? From what we can see from the writings of this period, the usual outcome of a trial would be either the person being cleared and released or the person being punished. Punishment could take one of three forms: flogging, exile, or execution. Continue reading “The King of the Jews”