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Names of Christ: King of the Jews

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And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. Then they said, "Hail, King of the Jews!" And they struck Him with their hands. ( NKJV)

This term, King of the Jews, is very important when describing Jesus. It's associated with the Christmas story because the Magi used it to describe Jesus. They told King Herod they were looking for the King of the Jews, who was recently born in Bethlehem. This alarmed King Herod. He felt very threatened by it and told the Magi that once they identified this King of the Jews, he wanted them to come back and tell him who this young king was.

Of course, the Magi did not do that.

But King Herod, nevertheless, decided to get rid of this new King of the Jews by killing all of the young boys, ages two and under, who had been born in Bethlehem. Jesus escaped that.

And we hear this term again (in ), very close to his crucifixion. When Pontius Pilate says, "Are you the King of the Jews? And Jesus says, “It is, as you say.”

The soldiers used this to mock Jesus because they thought if Jesus was a king, then surely He would get Himself out of the mess He was in— that He would avoid His own crucifixion.

But we know that Jesus willingly went to the cross so that we could have salvation. And indeed, we did see that on the cross it was written Jesus, the Nazarene, King of the Jews.


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Lorie Johnson

As CBN’s Senior Medical Reporter, Lorie Johnson reports on the latest information about medicine and wellness. Her goal is to provide information that will inspire people to make healthy choices. She joined CBN in 2008 and has interviewed some of the world's leading doctors and researchers from The Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins, Duke, and more. She kept viewers up to date throughout the COVID-19 pandemic with regular appearances onThe 700 Club, Faith Nation, and Newswatch. She has reported on many ground-breaking medical advancements, including the four-part series, Build a

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