V:7 Marks says a prisoner by the name of Barabbas had committed murder in an insurrection. He was a nationalist who opposed Roman rule and wanted freedom from Rome. He was in prison awaiting his execution. His name is interesting, (Who can tell me just by looking at his name) it means son of the father.
V:8-10 The crowd knowing the custom at these festival approach Pilate for their favor of releasing a prison. Barabbas was probably quite popular with the crowd and knowing the custom at the festival, they came prepared to ask for his release. Pilate takes …show more content…
Purple, was the most expensive and prestigious of ancient dyes, symbolized royalty and authority. They took thorns and wove them into a crown, symbol of royalty or military courage. They pressed the crown upon his scalp, puncturing his head and causing more bleeding. (My early impressions) Then they mocked him by saying, Hail, king of the Jews! a mockery of Caesar’s salute. Mark says they kept beating His head with a staff and spitting on Him. They mock Him by kneeling and bowing before Him. They fail to realize that one day they would bow before Him as King of King and Lord of Lords. One commentator notes, “This outpouring of anger and ridicule could possibly be because they were venting their bigotry and hatred of all Jewish people upon Jesus.” This is obvious because the Romans hatred the Jews.
V:20. Completing their vicious, merciless and brutal acts on Jesus, they took off the purple robe off His badly beaten skin. Then they put on His own clothes. In John’s Gospel account, Pilate made one last appeal to the crowd by bringing Jesus before them one more time (John 19:4–5, 12–16). Once again, but the crowd shows no compassion. They want Him