Now Jesus stood before the governor, and the governor asked him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” Jesus said, “You have said so.” -Matt. 27:11
The title “King of the Jews” was not one that was given to Jesus at the end of his ministry on earth. When he was born and the wise men were going to him they knew he was the King of Israel (Matt. 2:5-6). His mission was always focused on establishing a new kingdom. At his crucifixion, the Roman government used this title, ‘King of the Jews’, to mock Jesus. That is why they gave him a crown of thrones, he wore a purple robe and above his head on the cross there was a sign that said, “I am the King of the Jews” (John 19:21). Jesus gladly bore that title and did not refute it. He knew what was going to happen to him and accepted it. Pilate gave him an opportunity to back out or give a defense for what the Jews were saying against him but he chose to say nothing because he knew he was their King. He fulfilled all the prophecies and was even from the right bloodline on earth. From this title, we learn of Jesus Christ’s kingship. We learn that he has not ashamed of that title even if people were mocking him for it.
Jesus was the coming messiah for the Jews and the rest of the world. He was their coming King but they did not recognize him as their messiah. Even though he was rejected by the people who he came to save he was still their King. Jesus is our King today and there are times where we turn away from him. Even though we may not always be faithful we serve a King who is always faithful. He never falters in his identity and we are always able to repent and turn back to him. He is always on his throne willing to accept us and love us.