March 26, 2013

Mark 15:1-15

Mark’s account of the trial of Jesus is straightforward and to the point. Pilate, wishing to absolve himself of any wrongdoing, allowed the custom of releasing one convict during the Passover week, thinking Jesus would be chosen. When things did not go as Pilate hoped, “wishing to satisfy the crowd” (15:15), Pilate delivered Jesus to be scourged then crucified.

Scourging was a Roman practice. The soldier would use a whip made of several strips of leather into which were embedded pieces of bone and lead. In many instances, victims of this punishment did not survive to be crucified.