More than 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, Pontius Pilate commanded that a placard be placed on the cross that read: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” Perhaps Pilate sought to induce fear among the people and discourage them from crowning their own king.
King of the Jews. Was it an original thought at the time? Perhaps it had been introduced when the wise men asked, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (Matthew 2:2). They had sought the fulfillment of this promise: “For unto us a Child is born . . . ; the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). They believed Jesus was this Child.
Later, when Christ was crucified, some jeered, “If You are the Son of God, come down from the cross” (Matthew 27:40). They wanted to see if Jesus really was King. But Jesus did not come down. The true meaning of the cross is that “Christ died for our sins” (1 Corinthians 15:3). He who paid the penalty of our sins has made God’s forgiveness possible.
Those who accept God’s forgiveness and ask Jesus Christ to be their Savior and Lord can have only one appropriate response—to serve Him. He is King of our lives.
King of my life I crown Thee now—
Thine shall the glory be;
Lest I forget Thy thorn-crowned brow,
Lead me to Calvary. —Hussey
Jesus is King of our lives, so we must serve Him all of our lives.