Then Pilate’s soldiers took Jesus into the governor’s palace, still wearing the purple robe & the crown of thorns (212). The soldiers knelt before Jesus and taunted him, saying, “Long live the king of the Jews!”
Then the soldiers spat on Jesus & whipped him & beat him mercilessly. When they had finished torturing him, they put his own clothes back on him. Finally they led Jesus out to crucify him.
As they were going to the place of execution, they met a man from the North African city of Cyrene named Simon, who was visiting in Jerusalem with his two sons, Alexander & Rufus.
The soldiers took Simon from his sons & forced him to help carry Jesus’ cross.
A large crowd of people followed them; among them were women who were weeping & wailing for Jesus. Jesus turned to them and said, “Women of Jerusalem! Don’t weep for me, but for yourselves & your children.
“On the day of God’s judgment, people will say, ‘How lucky are the women of Jerusalem who never had children & who never nursed babies!’ That will be the day when the people of Jerusalem will cry out to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Hide us!’
“Today, God’s judgment seems to you like a small fire made with green wood. But one day, God’s judgment will be like a raging bonfire made with dry wood.”
(212) Matthew 27:27-32, Mark 15:16-22, Luke 23:26-31, John 19:1-3 & 16b-17