Jesus didn't look all that impressive at this point. The crown of thorns may not have done much damage. The beating might not have left many obvious marks either.
The scourging, though, would have - and the cumulative effect must have been an ironic contrast to the "Jesus the Nazorean, the King of the Jews" sign left by Pontius Pilate. Luke has the sign reading "This is the King of the Jews." Which is pretty close to what's abbreviated as INRI on most crucifixes. That acronym is from the Latin version of the inscription - which Pilate had written in Latin, Hebrew, and Greek. And that's another topic.
"When You Come Into Your Kingdom?!"Human nature being what it is, it's not unusual for someone meeting a celebrity to ask a favor. These days, it's often a request for an autograph.
For example, the sons of Zebedee had asked Jesus "...that in your glory we may sit one at your right and the other at your left." (Mark 10:37) Down-stage left and right at Golgotha almost certainly wasn't what they had in mind. More topics.
Back to those three men, each one nailed up and left to die. Here's that conversation:
"6 Now one of the criminals hanging there reviled Jesus, saying, 'Are you not the Messiah? Save yourself and us.'Even adjusted for the all-too-human tendency to ask favors of celebrities - what that fellow said shows amazing faith:
"The other, however, rebuking him, said in reply, 'Have you no fear of God, for you are subject to the same condemnation?
"And indeed, we have been condemned justly, for the sentence we received corresponds to our crimes, but this man has done nothing criminal.'
"Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.'
"He replied to him, 'Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.'"
"...'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' "Not "if:" "when."
The answer Jesus gave was reassuring, too. And that's yet again another topic.
- "The Man Who Wouldn't Stay Dead"
(March 11, 2012)
- "An Eternal Life I can Live With"
(August 27, 2011)
- " 'Jesus, Remember Me, When You Come Into Your Kingdom' "
(November 21, 2010)
- "Jesus Christ, Tough as Nails"
(April 7, 2010)
- "Just Who is This Jesus Person,
and Who Does He Think He is?"
(January 17, 2010)