Jesus of Nazareth - The King of the Jews

The inscription written on the cross where Jesus was crucified shows the holiest name nailed on the rugged cross: JHWH. (Jeshua Hanozri = Jesus of Nazareth; Wumelech = King; Haiehudim = of the Jews)
When the Romans crucified Jesus, they decided to ridicule Him once more by placing above his head an inscription that stated who He claimed He was. The words of that inscription were written in three different languages, the most common languages in those days: Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, so everybody should understand. Back then, the Hebrews had this point of view: "Why should I care about a Greek inscription?" Latin was used only for the Romans soldiers in the 10th Legion, the one that destroyed Jerusalem. The Jews though, read the Hebrew part. For them, the words were:


Jeshua Hanozri = Jesus of Nazareth
Wumelech = King
Haiehudim = of the Jews

In those days, it was the custom for the scribes to take the first letter of each word of a sentence and give it a new meaning, a custom that remains to this day. Often this custom, made the translation of the Bible more difficult. So, one day, some of these scribes saw the initials on the cross from the inscription: Jeshua Hanozri Wumelech Haiehudim. The result wasn't I.N.R.I., which Roegger interprets as: "In Nirwana Ruh Ich" (In Nirvana I Rest); the initials of this Hebrew inscription show the most holy name of God, a name that even the Hebrews are afraid to pronounce, that is why they transcribe with "Hashem" or "Adonai". This most holy name was nailed on the rugged cross: JHWH.

Joseph Flavius, who with his own eyes saw the destruction of the Temple, wrote that about 2 million Hebrews came to Jerusalem from all over Israel, for the Jews' Passover, bringing with them lambs to the temple. Flavius, one of the best historians, described this in detail.

Families from Bethany, the house of the poor, come to the Jews' Passover, and everybody brings their lambs.

The lamb is the best one of the flock, without any spot or wound. On the way to Jerusalem they take good care of the lamb, so nothing bad would happen to it. People come from Bethlehem, they pass over by David's well and by Rachel's tomb, and they go to Jerusalem and everyone makes sure the lamb would not suffer any injure. People come from the North; they go by the Prophet Samuel's tomb.

They arrive from all over the Israel and each family brings the lamb. Everyone has his lamb for the Passover. Why? - The word "Pesah" means "The angel of death passed over me". Back when, the children of God were still slaves in Egypt. They killed the lambs, and they put the blood on the door post, so the angel of death will pass over them. Of course they were afraid that the angel of death could enter in their homes, too. They heard how the screams became stronger and stronger, and then everything was quiet. Pesah - the angel of death passed over us! From then on, the men brought a lamb as a sacrifice for the family, all remembering that the lamb dies for their sin. Before taking the lamb in the temple, they would hang neck a plate on the lamb's neck a plate with the family's name written on it. After that, the lamb was sent to death.

Knowing this thing, we can also remember the story about John the Baptist. Rich and poor, critics and believers, conservators and reformats, curios and listeners, serious and less serious people came to him. All of a sudden, he looks above all and says: "Behold, the Lamb of God is coming" - "Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1,29)

That is why God, the Father of the whole world, put His name on the cross - His most holy Name - a name that every Hebrew is afraid to pronounce, because this Lamb - "Behold the Lamb of God" - shed His blood for the world. Back then, everybody could understand what it means. We can say that God allowed the Romans to write His Name in the international language; like the English today. I can read that, and you can, too.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16)
By Claudia Miclaus
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