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King of the Jews

Scripture reading for February 13th: Matthew 27:35-66, Psalm 33, Proverbs 9:7-8

“When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.  Above His head they placed the written charge against Him:  THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.”  Two robbers were crucified with Him, on on His right and on on His left.  Those who passed by hurled insults at Him, shaking their heads and saying, “You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save Yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!” (Matthew 27:35-40)

It was the custom to place the charges against the criminal above their heads on the cross where they were crucified.  Pilate had ordered that the charge be “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews”.  The chief priests argued with Pilate  and told him not to write “King of the Jews” but only that Jesus had claimed to be “King of the Jews”.  Pilate was resolute and left the sign in place. (John 19:19-22)  It is ironic that the sign was the truth, Jesus was and is still the King of the Jews as well as “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords”!  (Revelation 19:16)

The charge was taken as a joke by the people and soldiers as well as the chief priests.  They mocked and ridiculed their King, taunting Him and hurling insults at Him!   As they had asked for His blood to be upon them and their children, they further incriminated themselves with the mocking.  Little did they understand that this was God’s Son, and their King and Messiah.  They were hardening their hearts before the one who was offering His life to save them!  “He saved others,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself! He’s the King of Israel!  Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.” (Matthew 27:42)  Even the robbers who were crucified with Him, heaped insults on Him!

One of the robbers finally did humbly ask Jesus to remember him when he came into  His Kingdom.  Jesus promised him he would be with Him in Paradise that day!  Jesus also prayed for those who had crucified Him and taunted Him.  He asked the Father to forgive them.  This King of Kings is full of mercy and will save any who call on Him!  Have you?

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