Monday, May 1st, 2017

Lent Day 40 — The King of the Jews

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[17] and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. [18] There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. [19] Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” [20] Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. [21] So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’” [22] Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” John 19:17-22 ESV)

There is a terrible irony in the objection of the Jewish Chief Priests to the sign Herod had placed on the cross identifying Jesus as “The King of the Jews.” It wasn’t so much the Romans crucifying Jesus as it was the Jewish leaders! Think of it: they crucified their own Messiah who fulfilled the prophecies of the very Scripture they were charged to preserve and uphold!

What happened on Good Friday leads to the joy of saying on Easter Sunday, “He is risen indeed!”

May you have a joyful Easter Sunday that leads to your spending the rest of your life meditating on what your Lord Jesus did for you through his suffering on the cross.

Happy Easter.

Dave

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