The Title

The next thing we look at is the title above Jesus’ head. This is revealed in John 19:19. The title reads as follows:


JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. Every victim that is crucified gets a list of their crimes nailed to their cross. This title was right. Pilate writes the truth even though the Jews do not believe it. It is a title that is readable to all those who come from Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. It is written in three languages: Hebrew, Greek and Latin. These are the three main languages of the crowds.


The Jews reject this title. Note John 19:21-22. There is the fact of unbelief. They tell Pilate not to write that Jesus is the king of the Jews. There is the fact of the Jews’ unyielding to the rejection. John 19:22. Pilate’s stand is strong here. It is too late. Now we will discuss the tradition at the crucifixion.


John 19:23-24

The fact that the soldiers began to divide Jesus’ garments shows the poverty of the times. There is no recognition of the value of these garments. The parting of these garments are shameful to those being crucified. What this means is that Jesus was stripped of His garments. Religious artists wisely cover Jesus with a loin cloth. Note the words in verse 24:


“That the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.”


Compare this verse with Psalm 22:18. The fulfillment of Scripture reminds us that Calvary is not an accident. It is the well-planned event by God.




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