Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is jesus, the king of the jews.
His crime: Being King.
The sign was more of a mockery than a declaration.
There he hung. To the crowds who called for His crucifixion, He was an imposter. Yet the Messiah they had waited for and anticipated was right before them ... and they missed it. Jesus. The Savior. King of the Jews. Long-awaited Messiah. They missed Him.
The charge against Him was the very reason He came.
And just as Jesus asked Peter, "Who do you say I am?" (Mark 8:29), He's asking each of us.
Who do I say He is?
Who do you say He is?
Is He the Christ? Is He your Savior? He is Lord of your life?
Maybe to you He's an imposter. Maybe you think He's a fraud. Whether or not you've made His life and death personal to you, I can assure you, it is personal to Him.
This is Jesus. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. Then being in very nature of our depraved and fallen flesh, He took my sins, your sins, upon Himself and gave His life as a ransom for my life, for yours.
This is Jesus. King of kings. Messiah. Lord of lords and Lord of my life.
The man who died for my sins. The man who died to save the world.
The one who hung on the cross. The one who bore my shame.
He committed no crime, yet He took my place and paid the price.
This is Jesus.