The King on a Cross

And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, 18 where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. 19 Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was:

JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

20 Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin.

21 Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”’”

22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece. 24 They said therefore among themselves, “Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be,” that the Scripture might be fulfilled which says:

“They divided My garments among them,
And for My clothing they cast lots.”

Therefore the soldiers did these things. — John 19:17-24.

The battered and bruised Jesus goes out carrying His own cross to Golgotha, the Place of a Skull, where He is crucified and placed in the center of two criminals. Pilate places a title written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, on the cross identifying Jesus and The King of the Jews. The chief priests of the Jews object to this but Pilate refuses to change his mind.

The soldiers who crucified Jesus, takes His garments and make four parts of it, a part for each soldier. Since Jesus’ tunic was without seam and woven from the top in one piece, the soldiers decide not to tear it but to cast lots to see whose it was to be. They do this so that the prophecies of Psalm 22:18 are fulfilled regarding Jesus’ garments being divided and lots being cast for the tunic.


The focus of this chapter, the New Testament, the Bible, and history, is on the cross of Christ. Here Jesus is nailed between two convicted criminals and proclaimed to be ‘King of the Jews’. Pilate confirms that this is correct. The righteous King of kings is dying on the cross for the sins of rebellious people. [The Bible Panorama]

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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