ASV Matthew 27:27-36: 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor’s headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him. 28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. 32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Glogatha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it. 35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.
Roman crucifixion was designed to be as humiliating as it was painful. Yes, torture and capital punishment are fused. Why? Well, to send a message to all those would be subversives, of course.
Injustice was defended with the constant threat of humiliation and death. Not only were “criminals” nailed to wood, but they were stripped naked first. They were left hanging there, a visual and human object lesson to all others.
Jesus was not special in the eyes of power-brokers. He was just another subversive peasant. He would be humiliated too.
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