Matthew 27:37 says, “they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.”
Jesus’ “crime” was claiming to be the King of the Jews and acknowledging He was the Son of God, even though all the evidence showed it was truth. It seems crazy that they would reject Him, but the same thing happens today; the evidence it there, but people reject Him as their King. People don’t reject Him because there isn't enough evidence; they reject Him because they harden their own heart; they don’t want Him as King. The Jewish leaders in the day of Jesus couldn't just say, “I don’t believe in Him;” He was right in front of their faces doing miracles; their rejection had to take a more dramatic approach. They falsely convicted Him so they could get rid of Him; they lied after lying to themselves. It wasn't that they couldn't believe; they didn't want to believe. We all must make sure our heart is soft and pliable to the Lord in humility; we should not resist His Lordship over our own lives; He wants what is best for us. Those in the Kingdom will honor the Lord Jesus willfully; forced honor isn’t honor. Do you “believe” He is King when He leads you down a path you didn't want to go down, or when things become difficult? Do you “believe” He is King when you’re forced to humble yourself more to follow Him? Belief has corresponding actions; when we believe, we will obey.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan