The word “Christology” comes from two Greek words meaning “Christ / Messiah” and “word” – which combine to mean “the study of Christ.” Christology is the study of the Person and work of Jesus Christ. There are numerous important questions that Christology answers: Today Dr. Hocking looks at The Death of Christ and how the gospel is the power unto salvation. Crucial to our study on the only blessed God. And Pilate wrote a title, and put [it] on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS. What is the significance of this title? Come n see.
Christology Session 09
The Death of Christ
Now if you compare all of the Gospels (each man is saying what he needed to say from what was on the cross), what was on the cross was written in Greek, Latin and Hebrew. Greek was used because of the Hellenistic culture and many spoke Greek and it was spoken around the world. Latin was used because of the Romans, of course. Hebrew was used because they wanted the Jews to see it. Now the first word was Yehoshuah (Jesus). The first letter of that is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. It is the little yod, which looks like an apostrophe. (Hebrew is read from right to left.) Yehoshuah and according to the Bible it was “Jesus the Nazarene.” The next word was ha Nazarite. The next word would be “and,” which is what we call a wha. It is like a little line with a hook on top. The next one would be the king of Jews. Hamelech Yudio.
When Jews read Hebrew, from right to left, it is automatic with their brains and learning patterns in language. They see the first letter of every word. That is why a lot of acrostics in the Bible deal with the first letters—because that is Jewish poetry. The were trained to think that way—to see the first letter.
Now turn over to John 19:19, as a few details here are filled in.
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. Pilate answered, What I have written I have written. (John 19:19-22)
Now why were they so upset by what was on the cross? What you had on the cross reading from right to left in the first letter, are the four letters of the Tetragrammaton (the name of Yahweh the Lord). I say, “hallelujah!” There, every Jew who always reads the first letter of every word is reading without any mistake that He is Yahweh. They would have been stunned by what they saw. The four letters of the name of God, and it was God’s testimony to who was dying. For God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. That is why the Jews begged Pilate, “Take that off.” Pilate said, “What I have written, I have written. I’m not changing it. I don’t want anything to do with you, religious leaders.” Is that not interesting?
Scripture References: Mat 27:27-37; Jhn 19:19-22;Mat 27:38-44; Luk 23:39-43;
Mat 27:45-49; Mal 4:5-6;Mat 27:50-56; Hbr 10:7-14;Jhn 1:13; Mat 9:13; Luk 19:10;
1Ti 1:15; Mat 5:17-18; Rom 10:4;Jam 2:10; Gal 3:13; Deu 21:23;1Pe 1:18; Gal 4:4-5;
1Cr 6:19-20;Rom 3:24-26; 2Cr 5:21; Rom 5:8;1Jo 3:16; 1Jo 4:10; Hbr 2:9-10;
1Pe 3:18; Hbr 2:14-15, 17-18;Hbr 4:14-16; Mat 20:28; 1Ti 2:5-6;Rom 5:9-11; Col 1:20;
1Pe 2:24;Psa 103:12; Jhn 1:29; 1Jo 3:5;Eph 1:7; Col 1:14; 1Jo 1:9;Eph 4:31; Jhn 3:14;
Phl 2:9-11;Jhn 3:15-16; Jhn 10:10, 27;1Jo 5:6; Jhn 19:33-37; 1Jo 5:7-13
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