So they took Jesus, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them. Pilate also wrote an inscription and put it on the cross. It read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” 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. 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.’” Pilate answered, “What I have written I have written.” John 19:16b:22
I can just imagine how upset the Jewish priest must have been. Pilate finally give in and crucifies Jesus and then he places a sign on the cross proclaiming “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews”. Not only that but it is written in Latin Arabic and Greek so all that pass can read it. Jesus is being crucified for the very thing that Pilate has written about Him. No wander they were mad.
Even if Pilate did not believe that Jesus was a king he still got God’s message across to all that passed that Jesus was indeed King of the Jews. And make no mistake plenty of people would have seen the sign. The Romans did not do crucifixions in secret nor in a back alley. Roman crucifixions were very public. They were done where the most people would witness them and see how Roman justice was carried out. They were done to deter and were quiet effective.
We do not know if Pilate meant the sigh to mock Jesus or the Jews or both but it is highly unlikely that Pilate really believed Jesus was the King of the Jews. Of course we know that Jesus really had an effect on Pilate. He was looking for any way he could find to not execute Jesus. He sensed there was something special about Jesus but was not willing to believe Jesus was really who He said He was. So maybe there was something more than mockery in the sign.
One thing each person has to answer is what are you writing on your sign? Is it Jesus great teacher? Maybe Jesus great man or will you write Jesus, hoax or myth? If it isn’t Jesus, King of Kings then you too will miss out. There were the Jewish priest and authorities and the Romans along with a crowd of onlookers witnessing the greatest event in history and they missed the true meaning. They were so caught up on a sign that they missed the chance to have all their sins washed away.
Have a blessed day,