John 19:16–22 (ESV)
So they took Jesus, 17 and he went
out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. 19 Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the
cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 20 Many of the Jews read this inscription, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and it was written in Aramaic, in Latin, and in Greek. 21 So the chief priests of the
Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am King of the Jews.’ ” 22 Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.”
John goes through the crucifixion as if it were a race car battling for first place. Very little details leading up to the crucifixion. The main focus is on the title of King. We know that the sign Pilate made was written in Aramaic,
Latin, and Greek. The Jews were upset about Jesus being called a King, but Pilate refused to change it. God is working through Pilate to carry out his plan of Salvation. Pilate made his decision based on his political future, which was wrong...
but God was behind his decision... because it was necessary. I’m sure Pilate was confused about this for a long time. Yet, Pilate was very prophetic in saying this man is innocent and calling him King. I am thankful that Pilate
refused to change the sign.
I pray: O Lord, help me to always follow your will. Guide me and nudge me when I want to do it my way... steer me back to you. Forgive me when I choose my ways
over yours. Amen.