Friday Facts - The Letters on the Cross

Happy Friday! I don't know about you, but I am really glad it is Friday and we are just a few short hours from the weekend. I am ready for some time to play and rest and enjoy my family.

Since we are so close to Easter, I thought I would dig up some facts surrounding the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. For this week, let's take a look at the letters that were on the crucifix...

The letters were "INRI" and Pontius Pilate had these written over the head of Jesus on the cross. These letters stand for "Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm." Translated to English this means "Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews."

Pilate had these words written in three different languages:

"And Pilate wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, [and] Greek, [and] Latin. Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews." John 19:19-22

Today I am thankful beyond words for "Jesus, the King of the Jews". Through his suffering on the cross, he gave us a gift that I'm not sure we will ever fully comprehend until we are home with him someday.

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Anonymous said...

I agree Melanie, I don't think we will EVER fully comprehend all that Jesus did for us until we reach heaven someday.

Amydeanne said...

interesting as always Melanie!

Sab said...

I agree! Amen!

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Meredith said...

We have been talking about this in sunday school class--I am intriqued by Pilate and his insistence on leaving this title in place.
He IS King and I am also so glad and thankful!
Thank you for Friday Facts!