King of the Jews

210430 01 – Mark 15.02

Mark 15:2 NASB
Pilate questioned Him,
“Are You the King of the Jews?”
And He answered him,
“It is as you say.”

Other translations

Berean Literal Bible
And Pilate questioned Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And answering, He says to him, “You have said.”

King James Bible
And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto him, Thou sayest it.

New King James Version
Then Pilate asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered and said to him, “It is as you say.”

New American Standard Bible
Pilate questioned Him: “So You are the King of the Jews?” And He answered him, “It is as you say.”


Jesus, the Christ, as king

Jesus is declared to be a king at his birth. He descends from the royal line of David. People rejected his kingly claims at his crucifixion but God exalted him to His rightful place of power and majesty, and at the end of time Jesus Christ will rule the nations for ever.

Jesus Christ descends from the royal line of David

He was the Son of David

Matthew 1:1 The Messiah was expected to come from David’s line. The genealogy given by Matthew follows the royal line of the kings descended from David. See also Matthew 9:27; Matthew 12:23; Matthew 15:22; Luke 1:32-33; Luke 2:4; Luke 3:31

▪︎ He was born in Bethlehem, the town of David
John 7:42;  See also Matthew 2:3-6;  Micah 5:2;  Luke 2:15-16

▪︎ Jesus is regarded as king
John 1:49 By Nathanael.  See also Matthew 2:1-2 by the Magi;  John 6:15 by the crowds;  Acts 17:7 by Jason of Thessalonica

▪︎ Jesus refused worldly kingdoms
John 18:36;  See also Matthew 4:8-10;  pp Luke 4:5-8;  John 6:15

▪︎ Jesus entered Jerusalem as a king
Matthew 21:1-9;  pp John 12:12-15;  See also Zechariah 9:9

Jesus’ kingship is an issue at his trial

▪︎ Pilate questions Jesus Christ
Luke 23:2-3 pp Matthew 27:11 pp Mark 15:2 pp John 18:33 Pilate’s first words to Jesus Christ are the same in all the Gospels.

▪︎ Jesus Christ claims to be a spiritual king
John 18:36-37 See also Matthew 27:11 pp Mark 15:2 pp Luke 23:3

▪︎ Pilate appeals to the crowd to accept Jesus Christ as their king
Mark 15:9

▪︎ The crowd reject Jesus Christ as king
Mark 15:12-13; See also John 19:12-15

▪︎ Jesus Christ is mocked as king
Matthew 27:27-30 pp Mark 15:16-20 pp John 19:2-3

▪︎ Jesus Christ is declared king at his crucifixion
John 19:19-22 pp Matthew 27:37 pp Mark 15:26 pp Luke 23:38;  Jesus Christ’s claim to be king was the “crime” for which he was executed.

▪︎ God has exalted Jesus Christ to his rightful place as king
Hebrews 1:3;  See also Hebrews 8:1, 12:2;  Revelation 5:6, 7:17, 22:1-3

▪︎ As king, Jesus Christ welcomes believers into his kingdom
Luke 23:42-43 See also 2 Timothy 4:18;  Revelation 3:20-21

Jesus Christ is king of all kings

▪︎ He will rule over the nations
Revelation 1:5;  See also Psalm 2:7-9;  Daniel 7:13-14;  Matthew 19:28, 25:31-32; Romans 15:12;  1 Corinthians 15:25;  Philippians 2:9-10;  Revelation 12:5, 17:14, 19:11-16

▪︎ He is king for ever
Revelation 11:15;  See also Isaiah 9:7;  Luke 1:33;  Hebrews 1:8;  Psalm 45:6


The Lord Jesus was judged not only by the Sanhedrin, but also by Pilate.

Pontius Pilate is the secular judge.
The competent court in Israel.

Pilate inquires about the kingship of Jesus. For thus the Jews handed him over. That was an indictment that Pilate would listen to.
Art thou the King of the Jews? He asks. Jesus confirms that. You say so, He answers.

We all want to be king.
That is our paradise desire.
▪︎ We want to decide for ourselves what is right and wrong.
▪︎ We want to keep things in our own hands,
▪︎ We want to be at the helm of our life ship ourselves,
▪︎ We want to determine the course of our lives ourselves.

However, there is another King. He wants to hold sway over our lives with the scepter of His dominion of grace.

To this cause He was condemned as a rebel by Pilate.
▪︎ He stood trial in the place of revolutionaries.
▪︎ He was sentenced by insurgents.
▪︎ He gave Himself for His subjects.

He is King forever, and He will not be without subjects. His confession here before Pilate is truthful: You say so. I am King.

Happy if we lose it to Him.
All the way

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