Christ was delivered to be crucified according to the gracious will and purpose of God the Father. Pilate wrote the reason for his crucifixion and put it on the cross. Christ was crucified because he is The King of the Jews. The Jews who rejected Christ wanted Pilate to change it. But the man who bent to every desire of the Jews up until that point refused their request now. God determined that all men should know exactly why his Son was crucified. He is The King of the Jews! There are many comforting truths that are declared to Sinners in the title and superscription written above the head of Christ. It was put there by the determinate will of God for a crown of glory upon the head of our King.
Luke 23:32 And there were also two other, malefactors, led with him to be put to death.
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, This Is The King Of The Jews.
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.
'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.'
The Superscription was...written.
But what was written?
And what else is written?
Christ's enemies, the Pharisees as well as the Sadducees, and even the Herodians, asked Him tricky questions in an attempt to bring Him ridicule and ultimately destruction.Here are four examples where they tried,the Son of God was too sharp for them. After all, they were mere men, and He was the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.