And Pilate posted a sign on the cross that read, “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the sign was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek, so that many people could read it.
Then the leading priests objected and said to Pilate, “Change it from ‘The King of the Jews’ to ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”
Pilate replied, “No, what I have written, I have written.” (John 19:19-22)
Read: Daniel 11:36-12:13, 1 John 4:1-21, Psalm 123:1-4, Proverbs 29:2-4
Relate: I have a confession to make. I don’t speak “woman”. I really wish I did, but they have a language all their own specifically designed to confound the more verbally honest half of the species. If you are a guy reading this, I know you are nodding inside and thinking back over the many, many times when you mistakenly thought a woman’s actually meant exactly what she said. Well, I have good news for you. A wiser older man has passed along some of the wisdom he learned after fifty years of marriage. Here is a short dictionary that will help you translate “woman” into English:
Fine – Things are most certainly not fine. She just doesn’t feel like continuing the “discussion” at the moment. The wise course here is to simply be quiet. Don’t not your head. Don’t agree or disagree. Just back slowly out of the room.
Five Minutes – This means for all circumstances the exact same thing you say it means when talking about the last five minutes of that football or basketball game.
Nothing – Something. This usually precludes an argument that will last “five minutes” which will end with “fine”.
Loud Sigh – While not actually a word, this should certainly not be ignored. If you do, you are completely uncaring. When you acknowledge the “loud sigh” you will hear “nothing” for “five minutes” that will end with “fine”
Go Ahead – Don’t you dare! Please note, if you mistakenly actually do go ahead she will give “loud sigh” which when questioned will lead to a “nothing” that will last “five minutes” and end with “fine”.
Soft Sigh – Like “loud sigh” this is not actually a word but most definitely a statement. She is content. Don’t blink, don’t move, don’t speak. Just cherish the moment because it will not last.
That’s OK – Whatever she is saying this about is most certainly not OK. She just has not yet decided the appropriate penalty for whatever perceived crime she is currently saying “That’s OK” to. Eventually, during some “five minute” discussion that began with “nothing” and ended with “fine” this crime will reappear and you will find out exactly how not OK things actually were.
Please Do – Refer above to “Go Ahead”
Thanks – This actually means exactly what it seems with one confusing addendum. If it is immediately followed by the words “a lot” then you are about to have a “five minute” discussion about “nothing” that will end with “fine”.
React: When Pilate wrote “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews” on the sign over Jesus’ cross, he meant something very different than “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”. Of course, it is nearly impossible to determine the motives of others, especially those two thousand years removed. From what I have read and know of Pilate, I believe he was making a statement of Roman dominance. Rome is greater than even the greatest of kings from other parts of the world. The Jewish leaders also did not mean to take the “King of the Jews” bit literally. They were not concerned with whether or not anyone would really take that claim literally. All they were trying to do was distance themselves from that man on the cross. He is not one of us.
Neither side had even the barest inkling of how true those words on that sign actually were. Neither Pilate nor the Jewish leaders realized that they were crucifying their King. There need be no hidden meaning. Jesus is the King. He is king of the Jews and of you and me. All too often, we like Pilate try to use Jesus for reasons that will try to bring ourselves glory. All too often we like the religious leaders with our words and deeds we try to disassociate ourselves from Jesus. He is too embarrassing. No matter what we do with Jesus now, one day every knee will bow. Why not do so today?
I acknowledge You as my King. There are no hidden meanings behind that simple true statement. There are no hidden agendas. I simply acknowledge Your authority over me and my submission to You. I surrender to Your Lordship. Help me to live out each day and speak out each word in full acknowledgement of the authority You rightly have over my life and in my world.
13 thoughts on “What It Means”
Thank you. The word “submit” goes against every fiber of my mind and body, so it’s critical to my survival and growth to submit. He’s God, I’m not, and am I grateful for that!
The how to translate “woman” language though. 😂
Wonderful tie in. However, in defense of my gender, I do think this is something we all fall into–speaking what’s expected or to please others or to impress others so we are accepted. Women tend to have a little more talent in this area.
I pulled this from another friend. My mom and sister were the worst when it came to cleaning: “put that over there?” Put what, where? Then they would look at me like I was an idiot. “That. There.” C’mon, help a brother out. At least point to what you are talking about and its desired home. =)
Very clever post & brilliant the way it ties in with what Pilate wrote on the cross above Jesus. As a woman, however, I usually say exactly what I mean. I’m not into hidden communication. No shopping either. The “shopping gene” missed me. I think my husband is rather glad of that!
And of course your husband will completely agree. He doesn’t want to get home only to have a “five minute” conversation about “nothing”
The sign actually read not king of the Jews, but King of the Judeans. The word “Jew” did not enter the languages of the world until the 18th century.
Laughing so hard!!
Some language aspects cross all barriers. lol. As a woman, I can confirm that, for the most part, you are exactly right. 🙂
For the Pilate sign… I haven’t heard that story told in that way before. Thanks for the insight. It’s obvious that they were being sarcastic, and were mocking him.
This was great – for both reasons. The ‘language’ of woman and the truth that Jesus is King. THAT said, I might add that there after 22 years of marriage I can attest to the fact that I still don’t speak ‘man” very well. But I guess that is “fine.” 😉
Thanks for the very insightful article. I would like to share something of a letter written by Pilate to his boss emperor Tiberius, I know I used it, but can’t remember where . . . Pilate made an appointment for Yeshua (Jesus) to see him to inquire about his success with such a large following. And Jesus came to see him. The letter explains less of the discussion but more about the description, feelings and personal impressions about the Man. Pilate said to Tiberius that his conclusion was Yeshua could be (truly) the Son of God. [A legal opinion]
The letter is available online and documented as filed in the Library of Congress. Whether such documentation is authentic and confirmed, as church tradition may show, the literal applicability of the sign on the execution stake (cross) will make what Scripture says Pilate replied to the Judians (Jews) credible.
[see http://www.earlychristianwritings.com > home > apocrypha > acts of Pilate] CB3
BJ… Bravo!! We (ladies) need to be able to laugh at ourselves at another’s observations. Let’s face it gals… we are part of God’s mystery. (you’ll do good to hold onto this sage advise…at least for the first years of marriage!) ~Zoey
My lips are sealed tightly… Fine