Tuesday, 8 July 2014

YHVH on the Cross

I heard an argument by Chuck Missler some years ago.  Some have argued against it and tried to dismiss it. 

I am not quite sure that it could be so easily dismissed.  You decide ...

There was a sign

Pilate wrote a sign in three languages latin, Greek and Hebrew. He then had it placed on the cross of Jesus. It read:


In Hebrew: 

Yah'shua HaNazarei VeMelek HaYudim

It makes the the Hebrew acronym YHVH and is especially significant when the words are written below each other and bold letters are read in the Hebrew letters alephbeth. It reads יהוה. Remember our post on Baruch ha ba ha Schem Adonai? Click here.

Some were angered

Reading the sign and seeing the acronym YHVH יהוה caused a major upset amongst the religious leaders (Hebrew priests, pharisees and scribes) causing them to complain with Pilate and requesting him to change the sign immediately.

Let's consider what John says in John 19:19-22.

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.

Pilot wrote without knowing

Without knowing Pilate thus spoke prophetically.

Those who argue against the formulation of this inscription and the acronym, argues that Jesus is not just the King of the Jews, but King of all. I agree.

But there is more ...

However,  let's translate each word of the inscription directly and literally from the Hebrew.

Yah'shua HaNazarei VeMelek HaYudim -

Yah'shua - Yah is Salvation,
HaNazarei -  from Nazareth also meaning the Holy [set apart] One,
VeMelek - the King
HaYudim - of the Jews also meaning of Praise [Glory]!

Jesus, the holy one, the King of Glory!

What a glorious declaration of God's perfect plan for human kind! The sign exhibits the very purpose of His physical manifestation, the reason for His reconciling sacrifice, the essence of His spilled love.

Oh, HalleluYAH!
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