The Crucifixion Of Jesus
The Name Of God Written Over The Cross
John 19:19 reads as follows: “Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the Cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS”.
Pontius Pilate wrote the words “JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS” on a sign. The sign was written in Hebrew, Latin and Greek. There was probably a very large sign, if not three of them, which could be easily read from the busy road by the Damascus Gate. Jesus was the “featured criminal” and was sentenced to death under Roman Law for “sedition against the Roman state”, and under Jewish law for “the sin of blasphemy.” In Hebrew, the sign read as follows:
“Yeshua Ha’Nazarei W’Melech Ha’Yehudim”
The code in Hebrew above the Cross
The first letters of each of these four words spell YHWH, the name of God.
“Yeshua Ha’Nazarei W‘Melech Ha‘Yehudim”
Jesus had been tried and condemned for “blasphemy”. Above the Cross was written, in a simple code, YHWH, the Name of God. This code was clearly visible to the Sanhedrin, which is why they asked Pontius Pilate to change what He had written over the Cross, to break the code. This is recorded in John 19:21-22, “Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews”.’ Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written”,