King of the Jews
Imagine if you were a Jew entering the city and saw this person hanging on a cross. You might remember the stories of King David and the promise about the Son of David. You would see a man you did not recognize who was supposed to be your king, but you yourself did not know him and you might wonder if he really was your king to whom you owed your allegiance or if he was simply a rebel. You were hoping for the salvation of Israel, but what was this? It would be so confusing because by all accounts that you hear this man did nothing wrong.
Yet here he was being punished like a seditious traitor. Only later when his apostles began their ministry would you be able to understand what was going on and why.
You would hear in the gospel that Jesus was indeed your King and God's anointed one. You would hear why he gave up his life on the cross, why your king had to die in your place to make you holy because of your individual sins and your sins as a nation. You would hear that your king had not only died for you, but also rose from the dead conquering the true source of oppression in the world: Satan, sin and death.
You would then hear the command to repent, to believe the good news about your King whom God exalted to his right hand and vindicated by raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand until he made all his enemies a footstool for his feet. You would see signs and wonders which confirmed that the authority and power of your King was real. And you would swear your allegiance to your true king whose identity you now believed and whose work you now understood and your life would be lived by faith, under his authority, waiting for the full establishment of his Kingdom of which you are a citizen, abiding by his commandments and laws.
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