Stop 4 - Crowning
Mark 15: 16-19
Pilate’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s palace (called the Praetorium). They called all the other soldiers together. They put a purple robe on Jesus. Then they used thorny branches to make a crown. They put it on his head. Then they called out to him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” The soldiers beat Jesus on the head many times with a stick. They also spit on him. Then they made fun of him by bowing on their knees and worshiping him.
Jesus was treated very badly by the soldiers. They hit him, called him names and made fun of him. They made a crown out of thorns and put it on his head. It would have scratched him and been very uncomfortable. Jesus puts himself in the place of human suffering. He knows what it is like to be bullied for who other people say you are. The soldiers did not know anything about Jesus, and yet they followed the behaviour of the people they looked up to and bullied him. Christians believe that when you are suffering because of what other people think, Jesus is with you.