“And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him. And they mocked him…” Mark 15:19-20
They scourged Jesus. They took a strap with steel balls on the end and beat him until he was one stitch from death. They crucified Jesus. They put the rough crossbeam upon the shredded skin on his back and marched him up the hill until he could hardly take another step. Then out of necessity, not love, they compelled Simon to carry it the remainder of the way. They nailed his hands and feet to the cross and dropped it into a hole in the earth.
The scourging was commanded. The crucifixion was ordered. The soldiers were doing their job.
But between those two actions was a second action. There was mocking, spitting and buffeting. This was done for sport, for fun. It show the utter depravity of mankind without God. We are by nature the children of wrath, the Bible says. Spitting does not harm the body, but it degrades the soul. Mocking does not harm the body, but it wounds the spirit. Buffeting does hurt the body. It means to hit one with the fist. The soldiers, by these actions, wounded Jesus’ body, soul and spirit. And they did it for sport.
The sinless one took on the face of a sinner, so that the sinner can take on the face of a saint.
The spit of the soldiers symbolizes the filth in our hearts and Jesus bore it to Calvary.
We think the soldiers were wicked and sinful, but the Bible says the way we treat others is the way we treat Christ. Have we ever wounded someone’s body, soul, or spirit?
Jesus died that, what we are by nature, can be changed. Changed into His image.