Everyone needed to know that Jesus was king

John Bible Background

06.11.2018 – New Testament: John 19.19–20

To read the Bible in a year, read John 19.1–22 on June 11, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

The Romans, Pilate in particular, wanted everyone to know what would happen to anyone who sought to compete with Caesar:

Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:

JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin (John 19.19–20).

Hebrew was the language of the locals; Greek was the universal language; Latin was the language of the Roman Empire. Therefore, anyone should have been able to read the sign and get the message that this would happen to anyone who sought to be a king without Caesar’s approval.

Little did Caesar, Pilate, and the rest of the empire know whom they crucified that day and how He would change everything, including their empire.

Questions:

  • How do you show that you believe Jesus is King?
  • What languages can you speak?

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