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Pilate's headline is pinned to the crucifix above Jesus. José Saramago began his novel The Gospel after Jesus Christ in 1991 with this quotation, both as a hint to Pilate's scripture and as a response to the critique he expected. The Monastery Crucifix.
Gospel and the Letters of John. p. 93. "And Pilate said, What I have written, I have written."
Jn 19:16-24 - What is written is written
A very catchy print version of the Bible was a reproduction of the King James version by a printer in London in 1631. This was the deletion of only one word: the words "not" from the 7th Law in Exodus 20, which amended this Law: "Thou shall adulterate.
We will see this mornings how a failure in a document also had great implications. However, this sacrifice had the effect of giving the whole earth an important reality - it gave the true reality to the one who died on the crucifix.
This scriptural text depicts how our Lord Jesus was crucified. When Pilate gave in to the strong Jewish pressures to condemn him to die, the Romans had Jesus' own crucifix carried to a place outside Jerusalem, Calvary. At about 9 a.m. they took him off and tacked him to the crucifix.
At the same moment two burglars were brutalized, with Jesus in between. Over the next 6 hrs Jesus suffered the agonizing torment of a long and sorrowful life. All this was exacerbated in the case of Jesus by the offenses he received from the servicemen, chief clergy, teachers of the law, and even the two burglars buried next to him.
On top of all this, the men who had crushed him split his clothes and threw the lot for his cloak right in front of him. They notice that the loudest in the audience are the highest ranked Jews in the town. They seem particularly unfriendly to the sacrifice at the center crucifix.
From what you see, you make your own conclusion: "This must certainly be a very bad man. As a matter of couriosity, come a little closer to find out what exactly this sacrifice did. They know that when the Romans carry out execution, they usually put a sign over each of the victims with their deeds.
You' ll see the victim' s name and felony on the signs on the right and lefthand crucifix. However, the sign that really confuses you is the one on the central crucifix, because there doesn't seem to be any charges or accusations of a felony on it. Everything he says in three different tongues is: This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.
If this Jesus of Nazareth really is the Jewish kingdom, as the shield says, why is he sacrificed? The Jews, why don't they give their kings the honor they deserve? Those were probably the question that many persons who came by Golgotha that particular date when they were reading the odd part of the Scripture that was placed on Jesus' crucifix.
There are three realities to answer these issues about this scripture. One, me. The Jews wanted it to present their charges against Jesus. When the high priests of the Jews were reading the document, they immediately lodged a complaint with Pilate that it should read: "Jesus of Nazareth: He said: "I am the king of the Jews".
It was the intention of Scripture to present the mission for which Jesus was incarnated well. We had seen in our last two homilies on John's Gospel that when the High Priests and teachers of the law took Jesus to the trial of Pilate, their primary indictment was that Jesus was a danger to the Roman Empire because he was trying to make himself king of the Jews to begin a revolt.
However, when Pilate investigated him, he realized that the kingdom that Jesus was claiming was only a religious one and not a politic one. Therefore, Jesus did not pose a danger to the Roman Empire, and Pilate was right to declare that he found no guilt for Jesus. Then the Jews put great coercion on Pilate:
If Caesar had released someone who had said he was a sovereign, they would tell him. As Pilate was in love with his status as procurator of Judea, he grudgingly gave the order to crucify Jesus. Of course, the Jews were very pleased about it. You must have thought: "How wise we are to bring this charge against Jesus, which the Romans just cannot accept.
The Jews would not have succeeded if they had used the true accusation for which they had all convicted Jesus in their own trial: They didn't know that the scripture placed on the crucifix would put a backlash on their plan: Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews.
It should read: "Jesus of Nazareth: He said: "I am the King of the Jews. And since it should be universally recognized, they thought that this Scripture would warrant Jesus' crucifixion in the sight of all men and free their own consciences from all sins.
However, they had no idea that Pilate would leave out the words "He said it was me" from Scripture. The Scriptures without them were more a declaration than an indictment. He described Jesus instead of denunciating him. It had the effect of judging the Jews because they would now be dragged into it as those who had killed their own sovereign.
This was probably what Pilate meant in his letter, as we now see in the second point of our homily. When the Jews were complaining to him about his writings, Pilate did not say: "I am so sorry for the blatant inaction. No. He just glanced at her and said with cool defiance,'What I wrote, I wrote.
Finally the Jews paid a high price for making him do their filthy work against Jesus! For these Jews, Pilate was the one who made them repay for what they had done. Even if what Pilate has done to the Jews here may have been used by God to make them repay for their sins, Pilate himself will have to account to God for his own wicked cause of vengeance.
The words he has written on this play should express his own disdain for the Jews. The story tells that Pilate could never get along with the Jews during his whole period of office as Roman procurator of Judea. Now he wanted them to be mocked by the outside multitude as a nation that truly had its own kings and was to be crossed with them.
Pilate did not have reverence and esteem for Jesus when he crossed the words "This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews". Had he had any kind of reverence or esteem for Jesus, he would never have let His Tribute take place.
For Pilate, the kingdom of Jesus was only a comfortable means of fulfilling his own egoistic goal. You know that many men today do exactly what Pilate did? To use the name of Jesus as a means to fulfil their own egoistic goals.
There are some who say that Jesus is right because it is good luck for them. The only reason there are entertainment artists and singer and songwriter who would commend the name Jesus with songs is because he stimulates their business and replenishes their cash registers with the rich. Everyone who uses the name of Jesus to achieve populity, might or affluence is no different from Pilate, who used the name of Jesus in his writings to show his disdain for the Jews.
Please be sure not to use the name of Jesus as a means to fulfil your egoistic aspirations and wishes. But if you really want to honor Christ, you must give him the place he earns in your lives as your Lord and King. Living your whole being for the Lord Jesus alone.
Try to lift Him up in everything you do so that the whole wide globe may know that Jesus is King of Magi and Lord of Masters. This was also the last cause for the Scripture placed on the crucifixion of Jesus, as we now see in the next point of the homily.
Although the letter of the words "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" arose from the sinning of the Jews and Pontius Pilate, it became the most apt preaching of the Jesus Christ in three major tongues that was openly translated that date. After v.20 it was written in Hebrew, Greek and Latin.
In those days Greek was the cosmopolitan tongue of the word - that is why the New Testament was written in Greek. In this way, this scripture should be interpreted and interpreted by all people, regardless of racial, linguistic, age-related, or class. She explained to the whole wide globe the astonishing reality that Jesus was Crucified as King.
Though he was humbled as the greatest criminal and suffered great torment on the crucifixion, in fact he was the omnipotent one who sacrificed his own lives to rescue his population. There was a real difference between a real kings or rulers of this earth.
However, this king came to minister to his servants by protecting them from evil and devastation. However, this king is claiming us for himself by delivering us from everlasting deaths, and by giving us the penalty for our transgressions and perishing in our stead. Those who knew no evil were made to carry our iniquities on the crucifixion so that we might be redeemed forever.
In fact, each of the four nouns in this scripture on the crucifix is a beautiful witness to these things. And the first of the words "Jesus" means "The Lord is salvation". It shows those who are reading the Scriptures with the Spirit that this very act of death on the crucifixion was the means by which God would rescue his will.
23:5 This is seen in Jeremiah: "Behold, the day is coming, and the Lord says, I will lift up a just branch to David, and a king will rule and flourish and execute judgement and righteousness on earth.
Isaiah 11:1; Jeremiah 33:15; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12) Therefore, the words "Nazareth" tell all those who have unambiguously reread it that the one who died on the crucifixion comes from the king David's line. And the next saying, "King," shows them that the one who died on the crucifix even rules on the Crucifix.
Through his own supreme will he was crucified to fulfil his magnificent cause for all his people. And the last words on the document "Jews" are actually inferred from the name of the people of Judah, which means: "He shall be glorified. It shows that His act of death on the Crucifixion would soon give Him honor and commendation.
And, when we summarize all this, we see that the scripture was God's explanation to all humanity, that right here on this crucifix is the real Messianic king who fulfills his supreme will to save those who praise him as a sinner. That is the gospel that God wants all who contemplate the crucifix to have it.
He was one of the burglars on the cross with Jesus. At first this thieving man join the multitude and throw offenses against Jesus. However, after some period of doing so, he ceased and even blamed the other burglar for still throwing offenses at Jesus. He then turned to Jesus and said to him: "Lord, remind yourself of me when you come into your world.
These words strongly suggest that what prompted this burglar to make changes was Scripture on the crucifixion, which said: "Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews. That is what the burglar had been reading and thinking about. It had realized how uncommon it was - that it contained no reproach of a felony, but a preaching that Jesus is king.
Scripture's messages on the crucifix came through aloud and clearly to the thief and brought him to deliver. If you have not yet turned to Jesus, I ask you not to put it off any longer. See the crucifix where the Savior passed away, and see how much he loved sinful people like you and me.
Please study the Scripture that says: "This is Jesus of Nazareth, this is the Jewish kingdom. Can you now see Him as the great King who fulfils His supreme will to save those sinful ones who praise Him? Are you going to listen to the Lord Jesus say to you when you die: "Today you will be with me in paradise"?