And he released unto them him that for sedition and murder was cast into prison, whom they had desired; but he delivered Jesus to their will.
And as they led him away, they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country, and on him they laid the cross, that he might bear it after Jesus. Matthew 27:32 -26
The need for another man to carry the cross of Christ bears its own testimony to the horrors of scourging which our Lord endured the night before, and on the morning of his crucifixion. After Pilate was defeated in every political move to find a way to release Jesus - his chief method had been to offer the death of Barrabbas, which was ferociously denied by the mob crying out for the blood and death of Jesus - Pilate sought another way to set Jesus free - scourging.
The horrible cruelty of scourging is legendary. The use of Roman whips fitted out with chips of metal, or bone at their tips to tear away bare flesh was horrendous. Each lash, and the Romans had no law restricting how many lashes a victim may receive, tore away the skin, flesh, tendons, nerves and even blood vessels, all to leave the Lord's body a pulverised, but living, reddened corpse. The art of scourging was to inflict the maximum suffering and carnage to the body and yet keep the victim one step away from death. He was left to eke out an existence by prolonged agonizing breaths that kept him barely alive.
Pilate's plan was to bring forth Jesus after his scourging and present him to the people as a mass of suffering before their eyes that their hearts may melt in some little pity. This Pilate did when he presented him to the mob saying, "Behold, the Man!" He bid them take a good long look at Him. This they did, but out of their depraved nature revealing their hostility to God's Son they still spued out their hatred with more cries of, Crucify him, Crucify him. Sin's dark side had no mask and no pretence here. Jesus must die for men will not relent.
Let's go to Matthew's narrative of what followed: