Jesus, King of the Jews!

Scripture reading for February 6th:  Matthew 27

“When they had crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots.  And sitting down, they kept watch over Him there.  Above His head they placed the written charge against him:  THIS IS JESUS, KING OF THE JEWS.”  (Matthew 27:35-37)  The Roman soldiers did their job with efficiency and part of their pay was the clothes of their crucified victims.  They gambled over these to see which one would receive the bounty!  In doing this, they fulfilled an ancient prophesy from a thousand years earlier!  (Psalm 22:18)  The sign they had placed at Pilate’s orders over the Jewish religious authorities objections proclaimed the eternal truth of who Jesus really was:  KING OF THE JEWS!

“In the same way the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the elders mocked Him.  “He saved other,” they said, “but He can’t save Himself!  He’s the King of Israel!  Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him.  He trusts in God.  Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.'”  (Matthew 27:41-43)  The religious leaders mocked Jesus’ faith in God and His relationship as “Son of God” and His claim as “King of Israel”.  Their unbelief lead to pride and the murder of the Son of God.

After Jesus gave up His Spirit to God, a great earthquake shook the land, splitting the curtain on the temple from top to bottom.  Tombs were opened and holy people were raised to life, appearing to many in Jerusalem.  This event shook the earth and the people in Jerusalem!  The centurion and soldiers guarding Jesus were terrified and proclaimed, “Surely He was the Son of God.”  Will you worship Him when He comes again, or be found mocking?

 

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