Pilate asked of Jesus “What IS Truth”?
If you were able to go back in time and walk down the road of Crosses filled with Jews it would be difficult for you to recognize Jesus by the way that He looked.
His Cross-was not higher than the two crosses of the men on either side of Him. Today when you see the 3 Crosses the center Cross is always elevated to represent the Cross of Christ.
Jesus was born a Jew. His eyes, hair, nose, and skin color resembled His Jewish ethnicity. There was something else that identified Jesus on the Cross. Above Jesus was a small sign. Both the small sign and Jesus were nailed together to the Cross.
It is rare to see contemporary crosses depicted with that Sign above the head of Christ. Pilates sign no longer seems to be part of the Cross. It is ironic that it was Pilate who said to Jesus “What IS Truth”. Yet Pilate’s proclamation written on that small sign made everything clear as to why Jesus came to walk among His creatures that He had created.
The magi knew who he was. Matthew 2:2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
Pilate knew who he was. Mark 15:2 Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And He answered him, “It is as you say.”
When Jesus was Crucified, Pilate had the sign nailed to His Cross, above the Head of Christ for all to see. The sign represented All the Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament that were part of the mystery of the coming Messiah so the Jews would recognize HIM.
The small sign represented ALL the SIGNS and MIRACLES done by JESUS during HIS earthly life that fulfilled the Old Testament Prophecies so that there would be no question about the FACT that HE was and IS TODAY, The SON of GOD, The KING of KINGS…. The LION of the TRIBE of JUDAH who IS Coming Again.
John 19:19 “Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the Cross. And the writing was Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.” Matthew 27:37 and above His head they put up the charge against Him, which read, “THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
The Nation of Israel’s history is filled with Historical documented Miracles and Signs of the Mighty Works of Almighty God. Especially, in the Book of Exodus that contain the Holiday of Passover.
Yet someone Greater than the Passover miracles was to come walking out of the pages of prophecy in the Old Testament. Someone, who not only parted the waters of the Red Sea, but also walked on the water of the Sea of Galilee. Jesus would create Signs and Miracles that only God could do. He did the Signs and Miracles to prove that HE IS, the SON of GOD.
But, the Nation of Israel, blinded by God as stated in Isaiah 6:9 turned their backs on their Prophesied Messiah, their long awaited KING of KINGS.
“Go, and say to this people: keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive. Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
There have been a total of many kings of Israel. Each was a placeholder in history, a bookmark within the chapters of the Old Testament and the unfolding Story found in Messianic Prophecies of the Coming KING of KINGS.
The Sign above the head of Christ is to remind each of us not just that He IS the King of the Jews, but that He IS the KING of everyone that knows who He IS and worships HIM in Spirit and in TRUTH. Everyone who believes He IS who He says HE IS, now can enter the HOLY of HOLLIES through the Blood of the LAMB and enter the Throne Room of El Gibbor…The Mighty GOD.
The Old and New Testaments proclaim only one King of Kings…King JESUS who would be Eternity’s ONLY KING !