16 And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor’s headquarters),and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.
The Roman soldiers lived in a cruel and cutthroat world. They were commanded by Officers without souls who answered to politicians who made a habit of viciously assassinating their immediate family members in order to gain or maintain power. The soldiers themselves became cold-blooded killers who did not have the luxury of a conscience or morality. Nevertheless, they are still accountable for their barbaric treatment of the Son of God.
These pagan soldiers worshiped a man (the Roman emperor) as a god, but now mocked and ultimately killed the one man who was also God. Their loyalties were perverted and misaligned.
Currently, a part of the world’s population is willing to accept Jesus as a holy man or wise philosopher; it is His Kingship they reject. Jesus’ offer of salvation is all or nothing. Jesus loves you and wants to be your Lord and Savior, but it is not a cafeteria plan. The modern version of “Christianity” is salvation without submission. Jesus is the King of Kings and we are not in a position to negotiate. He was mocked and tortured and crucified so that we could live. The only appropriate response to what Jesus did for us is unconditional worship and service.