Pilate wrote a sign and put it on the cross. The sign said, "JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS." The sign was written in the Jewish language, in Latin, and in Greek. Many of the Jews read the sign, because this place where they killed Jesus on the cross was near the city. The leading Jewish priests said to Pilate, "Don't write, 'The King of the Jews.' But write, 'This man said, I am the King of the Jews.'" Pilate answered, "I will not change what I have written."
— John 19:19-22 NLT
The sign declaring Jesus to be the King of the Jews was written in Hebrew (language of faith and promise), Latin (language of the empire), and Greek (language of trade) so that many people could read it, understand it, believe it, and find life in the King who also is the Savior. Jesus wasn't just the Savior for the Jews, but for all people. So while dying outside the city like a "piece of criminal scum" was horrible, God used it to be the place that many people could find his love would reach them and save them.
Loving Father, every time I think of the cost of the Cross, I am humbled that you would love me so much. Motivate me by that grace to share your love with others so that they, too, can find life in Jesus, in whose name I pray. Amen.
Related Scripture Readings
- John 3:16-17
- John 12:32-33
- 1 John 2:1-2
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
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