“And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst. 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 19:17-22)
“Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.”
“ἀπεκρίθη ὁ Πιλάτος, Ὃ γέγραφα, γέγραφα.”
I start my day by reading a passage in the Greek NT along with the English KJV, and I’m reading John 19 now.
This particular passage has always been one of my favorites. As old as the NT is it’s amazing to see the sort of lawyer-like quibbling of the Jews in this passage. Not much has changed in 2,000 years. Has it?
Gentile Pilate writes the truth: “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews” and the chief priests of the Jews, having already demanded the death of their Messiah, have the gall to confront Pilate and quibble about the details in the title he wrote and placed on the cross saying: “Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.” Pilates’ response is classic: “What I have written I have written.”
No Jews, you’re not going to have the title changed, because Pilate wrote the truth: Jesus is King of the Jews.