Written by Marcus Mitchell
Scripture to Read: John 19:17-22
This passage of scripture certainly is solemn and painful to read. As Christians, the sacrifice Jesus made upon the cross is something we are called to meditate upon on a regular basis. Jesus died the death of a criminal, but His entire life He had devoted to the work that the Father had for Him. Everything He did was done out of love. He even loved the ones who desired and perpetrated His death. The same goes for us as well–before we loved Him, Christ loved us. Our sins were placed upon Him when He was on the cross. Romans 5:8 says, “ But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
In verses 19-22 there was some squabbling about a sign that Pilate decided to have made. It read: “Jesus of Nazareth, the king of the Jews.” It is remarkable that even after this horrendous execution the chief priests still weren’t satisfied. While He was still hanging on the cross they were still finding ways to deny who Jesus was and undermine the work He came to do. Even though Pilate may not have fully understood who Jesus was, I believe He recognized that He was a significant man and that no fault could be found in Him. Whether he really believed Jesus to be king of the Jews in some spiritual sense or he just had had enough of the Jewish leaders telling him what to do, Jesus indeed was and is the king of the Jews. But He is more than that. Revelation 19:16 refers to Him as the “King of kings and Lord or lords.”
One day every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. There will continue to be those who will try to undermine Jesus ministry and His work through His church. But we know that everyone will one day know who Jesus is. Our prayer should be for everyone to come to know Him and accept Him as their Savior before they leave this earth.