wonder if it was emotionally difficult for the Roman soldiers 2,000 years ago to crucify someone. Perhaps some of the soldiers were totally sadistic and enjoyed their work. Perhaps some of them were neutral and just “doing their jobs.” Perhaps others were actually good people (like the centurion) and felt compassion for those suffering.
Was it difficult for the soldiers physically? If the victim was struggling, did they need 5 soldiers to do the work? – One for each arm or leg, and one to hammer in the spike.
Yeshua obviously didn’t struggle, as demonstrated by His yielding to the arrest in the first place. Perhaps that yielded-ness surprised the soldiers. He had prayed, “Not My will but Yours be done” (Matthew 26:39), so the issue was already settled in His mind. He accepted the unjust punishment at the hands of evil men as being controlled by the gracious hands of His Father for a greater good to the whole world.
The crucifixion is a “two-way street.” In one direction, we do nothing; Yeshua did everything for us. In the other direction, we are told to “deny ourselves and take up our cross daily” (Luke 9:23). There is a balance in these two directions: it is all grace by His cross; but that cross must be activated and worked into our own souls.
We are to be “crucified with Him” (Galatians 2:20); to “crucify the flesh” (Galatians 5:24); and to “crucify the world” to us (Galatians 6:14). How difficult is that?