"THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS" ~ St. Luke 23:38
The Roman soldiers were mocking Jesus and the Jews in one fell swoop. Their mocking would upset the Jewish leadership, but it points to something very important.
The Apostles expected a Jewish king, even in his humble entry into Jerusalem less than a week before, they saw a great hope. They'd hoped Jesus would drive the Romans out establishing a new Jewish kingdom. But the kingdom Christ established wasn't an earthly rule, instead, he was ushering in the kingdom of heaven.
While the Romans were mocking, they point to what we know Jesus Christ is the Lord of lords, and we are invited to dwell with Him. Once the apostles realized they were willing to serve him even unto death. Let us seek to boldly proclaim that the kingdom of heaven has come.