The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. John 19:2-3
This is the second in a series of senseless acts of cruelty by those who physically crucified Christ. It was a big joke to them. By now those soldiers are very well aware just who they were ridiculing, and are paying the price for that act as well as for their other sins.
You will find people who think Jesus was merely a great historical figure and nothing more than a Buddha or Mohammad or a Hindu god. They will mock and ridicule you for your belief. Their fate is not yet sealed because there is always hope for the lost. It’s easy to become upset and even lose composure during those times, but remember even the most perfect person in the world was mocked…and worse.
Is it still difficult? Absolutely.
But Jesus even addresses this in Matthew 10:18-20: “and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. 19″But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. 20″For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”