Jesus is mocked (Matthew 27: 27–31)

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.”

Engraving showing Jesus being mocked by soldiers (Gustave Dore, 1832-1883)

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.