King of the Jews

“Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS.” Mark 15:25-26

What have you been accused of?

When I was I first grade I was accused of being the teacher’s pet because my mother was the teacher for the classroom I was in. If the truth were to be told, while my parents tried hard to be fair to my brothers and me, both at school and at home, they were, in fact, harder on us than they were on the other kids in the classroom. It was far more likely that they would pass over a misbehavior from one of the other students than it was that they would pass over a misbehavior of one of their own sons.

Their reason for this lopsidedness in their treat of us, in comparison to the other students, was so that they could avoid occasion for the accusation that we were “teacher’s pets.”

I don’t hold it against them. I would have probably done the same thing.

When Jesus was crucified the accusation posted announcing his crime was, “KING OF THE JEWS.” The thing is, the charge was only partly right. Jesus is far more that merely “King of the Jews.” He’s God of creation, Creator of the universe, Lord of heaven and earth, Sustainer, Redeemer, Messiah, Jehovah, Wonderful Counselor, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, the Great I Am, the Alpha and Omega, King of kings and Lord of lords, and so much more.

When the Jewish leaders saw the charge posted to the cross they objected saying that it should read, “He said he was king of the Jews.” But Pilate rebuffed them and said, “What I have written, I have written.”

O, if only we could see, really see who Jesus is. Too much we don’t recognize all that he is to us. We take him for granted and while we attribute blessings, we rely on him to provide every day, to some other source, we attribute to him trials and hardships that he had no part in bringing into our lives.

There at the cross humanity hated Jesus for who he is and they didn’t even understand even a tiny fraction of what that was. If they had understood they would have probably still hated him. That tends to be the way sin and sinners respond to God. But maybe, just maybe, if they’d know him and understood him better they’d have stopped hating him and started loving him.

That’s heaven’s hope. That’s why Jesus came, so that as Immanuel, God with us, we would know him and understand him and perhaps learn to love him.

You get to decide what you will do. What will you choose?

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