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Focus Verses: John 19:19-22
19 Pilate had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross. It read: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. 20
Many of the Jews read this sign, for the place where Jesus was
crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Aramaic, Latin
and Greek. 21
The chief priests of the Jews protested to Pilate, "Do not write
'The King of the Jews,' but that this man claimed to be king of the
Jews." 22 Pilate answered, "What I have written, I have written."
was very straightforward in his claim to authority. In response to
Pilate's questions, Jesus said, "You are right in saying I am a king.
In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the
world" (John 18:37). When Pilate, irritated at Jesus' silence, spoke
about his authority over Jesus, Jesus replied, "You wouldn't have any
authority if I didn't allow you to have it."
turning symbols of kingship (crown, robe, scepter) into symbols of
contempt, the soldiers who mocked Jesus demonstrated their
understanding of his claim. The Jews who handed Jesus over to Pilate
said, "He claimed to be the Son of God." Pilate purposefully threw
the word "King" back in their faces to provoke and annoy them.
"King" claims of Jesus seem to annoy people today too. How many
people today would raise their voices in objection to Pilate and say,
"Don't write King Jesus. Instead, write Teacher Jesus, or Prophet Jesus, or Philosopher Jesus, or maybe even Savior Jesus."
Response and Action:
in Jesus requires the acceptance of his authority. He must be
recognized as King—he is Lord, he is master, and he is the highest
I want Jesus to be the King of my life. I
will commit myself to yielding to him in every choice, action,
circumstance, opportunity, goal, direction, and relationship. In all
my ways I need to acknowledge his authority over me.
God, help me to follow Jesus in thought, word, and deed. Help me to
live in complete surrender to Christ. Help me to submit to his
authority and to trust his loving and gracious reign as my king. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own
understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make
your paths straight.
How God Became King
by N. T. Wright