by Wendy Tucker
For generations, the Jews anticipated the arrival of their Messiah and the coming king. Unfortunately, they were so accustomed to the leadership of earthly kings that they envisioned a Messiah who would come as a political ruler, a conquering king with an army of mighty men.
What they saw was a man riding on a donkey. Yet, one week later, He had risen from the dead. They also did not anticipate that God’s kingdom would be a spiritual one.
Not to be discouraged by Israel’s rejection, God’s plan would introduce a new covenant that would see God’s love and forgiveness extend to all the world, not just the Jews.
At the crucifixion, Pontius Pilate had a sign placed on the cross which read, in multiple languages, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews” (John 19:19). The languages were Latin, Greek and Aramaic -every language of the known world at that time.
There, as foretold in Jewish scripture, Jesus, the Messiah and “King of the Jews”, died amongst thieves. He was rejected, scorned, humiliated, and bore the weight of the world’s sin on his shoulders.
But through His sacrifice, Jesus Christ forged a path to redemption and the forgiveness of sin. He established Himself as the “King of the Jews” and “King of Kings” for all mankind… for all time.