The soldiers led Jesus away into the courtyard of the palace known as the governor’s headquarters,[a] and they called together the whole company of soldiers.[b] They dressed him up in a purple robe and twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on him. They saluted him, “Hey! King of the Jews!” Again and again, they struck his head with a stick. They spit on him and knelt before him to honor him. When they finished mocking him, they stripped him of the purple robe and put his own clothes back on him. Then they led him out to crucify him.
Simon, a man from Cyrene, Alexander and Rufus’ father, was coming in from the countryside. They forced him to carry his cross.
[a] Or praetorium [b] Or cohort (approximately six hundred soldiers)
Mark 15:16-21, Common English Bible (c) 2011
I remember when Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ” first came out. One of the boys in our Confirmation class went to see it for his birthday. I asked if he thought I should see it. After a thoughtful silence he said, “No. It’s pretty gory.”
More than one confirmation student has been surprised at the gruesome details of the crucifixion – especially if we watch a reenactment of some sort. Do you remember first hearing the details?
On another note, who do you suppose Alexander and Rufus were – besides the sons of Simon from Cyrene? Why are they mentioned? My best guess is that they were part of Mark’s community whom people knew and respected. If you need to check out the veracity of the story, they are the guys to contact.
-Teressa Clark, 2012, 2019
Lenten Reflections 2019: Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 37