16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. Mark 15:16-20
These soldiers no doubt mocked and mistreated other prisoners under their watch. This was not the first time nor would it be the last. It would, however, be their most memorable in the end. Of course they didn’t know who He was or what He had done to deserve death. To them it didn’t matter. It was just another day in the life of a Roman soldier.
We know that in the end they would get their comeuppance, not necessarily because of what they did to this one man, but as sinners in general. Imagine their surprise when they stand before the throne of God and look upon the one they had ridiculed.
In a similar vein, consider all the crimes and sins committed against people down through the ages on into the present. Millions and millions of crimes against others, and often many of the crimes go unpunished.
It’s not fair!
And indeed it isn’t.
But the same man who was ridiculed so many years ago is also the man who will right all the wrongs, every single one.
No abuse, no rape, no murder, no sex trafficking, no theft, no slander, no ridicule, no torture, no hateful word, no lie, nothing has escaped the eyes of the Man who Was ridiculed and beaten by His captors. The act may not be punished now, but it’s been noted and will be settled later. And when His punishment comes, it will be just and swift.
God sees all but waits – Russian proverb