For the next several weeks you will know exactly where to turn on Sunday
morning because I’m going to be looking at the 19th chapter of the Gospel of John.
Moving right on into Easter Sunday.
When Jesus was crucified there was a signboard above His head which said, “This
is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” We are digging for some hidden treasure
around the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ and looking at some of the objects which came
into play that day when Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world. We are
looking at these objects through the eyes of John. John was an eyewitness to the
crucifixion of the Lord. Most people had fled when the Lord was crucified at Calvary,
but John, the beloved disciple was there with the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ. So, in
John 19 we look through John’s eyes at some of these objects that came into play that day
when Jesus died on the cross.
Now, the Bible tells us that different ones of the Bible writers describe this
signboard over the cross of the Lord in different ways. For instance Matthew calls it an
accusation. Mark and Luke call it an inscription. John calls it a title. It is a title: This is
Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.
It was the custom in those days that when a person was to be crucified for a
soldier to walk in front of the person to be crucified with this kind of signboard. It was
probably a white board written in letters of black or red. It was to give the reason why
the victim was being crucified. What crime he had committed. The reason he was going
to be crucified. Evidently this is what happened to our Lord. The officer went ahead as
Jesus was going to the cross. Once He came to the cross they took this signboard and put
it above the head of the Lord Jesus Christ.
When you read the four gospel accounts of the signboard you will find that there
is a little difference ...
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