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The King Of Truth
by Wayne Blank
"And straightway in the morning the chief priests [see Caiaphas] held a consultation with the elders and Scribes and the whole Council, and bound Jesus, and carried Him away, and delivered Him to Pilate. And Pilate asked Him, Art Thou the King of the Jews? And He answering said unto him, Thou sayest it." (Mark 15:1-2 KJV)
"Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth"
As He hung on the cross (see Crosses), a sign was fastened above the head of Jesus Christ, written in 3 languages (Hebrew, Latin, and Greek). All 4 of the Gospel writers include this, although, as can be naturally expected from 4 independent witnesses, their wording insignificantly varies from "This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews" to "The King of the Jews" to "This is the King of the Jews" to "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews." All of that however was merely racial; the Son of God is much more than just the king of one nation - He will be the King of all nations (see the Fact Finder question below).
"And they crucified Him, and parted His garments [see also Clothing In Bible Times], casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched Him there; And set up over His head His accusation written, This Is Jesus The King Of The Jews." (Matthew 27:35-37 KJV)
"And when they had crucified Him, they parted His garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. And it was the third hour [see Hours Of The Day], and they crucified Him. And the superscription of His accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews" (Mark 15:24-26 KJV)
"Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted His raiment, and cast lots. And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save Himself, if He be Christ [see The Christ], the chosen of God. And the soldiers also mocked Him, coming to Him, and offering Him vinegar, And saying, If Thou be the king of the Jews, save Thyself. And a superscription also was written over Him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is The King Of The Jews." (Luke 23:34-38 KJV)
"Where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, Jesus Of Nazareth The King Of The Jews. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that He said, I am King of the Jews. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written" (John 19:18-22 KJV)
Fact Finder: Jesus Christ will be the King of the Jews as He plainly answered in a specific question, but will His Kingship extend over all of humanity i.e. will He be the "King of kings and Lord of lords" of all the earth?