On John 19.1-16
WHEN THE JEWS had shouted that they did not want Jesus to be released to them by Pilate by reason of the Pasch, but Barabbas the robber, not the Savior, but the murderer, not the Giver of life, but the depriver,1. "then Pilate took Jesus and scourged him." Pilate should not be believed to have done this for another reason except that the Jews, glutted with the injurious treatment of him, might think it sufficient for them and cease from their constantly savage raging for his death. It is attributable to their purpose that the same governor also allowed his cohort to do the things that follow, or perhaps he even ordered it, although the Evangelist omitted mention of this. For he said what the soldiers did next; he did not say, nevertheless, that Pilate had ordered it. "And the soldiers," he says, "braiding a crown of thorns, put it on his head and they put a purple robe around him. And they came to him and said, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' And they gave him blows." So were fulfilled the things that Christ had foretold about himself; so martyrs received the pattern for enduring all the things that it would please persecutors to do; so, while [his] terrifying power was hidden for a brief time, patience was first commended for imitation; so the kingdom that was not of this world2. overcame the proud world not by the ferocity of fighting but by the humbleness of patiently enduring; so that grain that was to be multiplied was sown in horrendous indignity that it might sprout in wondrous glory.3.
2. " Pilate went out again, and says to them, 'Look, I bring him out, that you may know that I find no cause in him.' Jesus therefore went out, bearing the crown of thorns and the purple garment. And he says to them, 'Behold the man!'" From____________________