Last King in Jerusalem

5th November, 2010 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

Here’s a trivia question … who was the last king crowned in Jerusalem? All you Old Testament scholars … all you who have finished God’s Great Covenant: Old Testament 2 … if you answered, Zedekiah, would you be correct? Yes, Zedekiah was the last king of Judah before Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians. But, Zedekiah was not really the last Jewish king crowned in Jerusalem.

Who was this king? It’s Jesus Christ. Jesus was crowned in Jerusalem, in the Antonia Fortress. Soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on Jesus’ head. Pilate prepared a notice to put over Jesus’ head on the cross: Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews. When the chief priests objected and demanded that Pilate change to words to not say that Jesus was the king of the Jews, but that He claimed to be the king of the Jews. Pilate’s response was this: “What I have written, I have written.”  (John 20:16-22)

Isn’t it interesting that as part of God’s divine plan, God chose to have  the representative of the Roman government — Pontius Pilate, governor of Judea — declare Jesus to be the King. The Jews hated Jesus, was afraid of Him, and wanted Him killed. They didn’t want this man to be their king. Yet, the pagan Roman ruler declared Jesus to be King! What an irony! God is sovereign. What He wants to happen happens just as He plans.

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