Jesus was taken away and a crowd of soldiers began mocking him.
They stripped him and forced him to wear a scarlet robe.
They twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head.
They placed a staff in his right hand and knelt in front on him and mockingly said “Hail, King of the Jews.”
They did these things to mock him – purple was the colour of royalty, and a king would have a crown and a sceptre.
They spat on him and beat him with the staff, before putting his clothes back on and leading him away to be crucified.