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I is for I.N.R.I

I is indeed for I.N.R.I

I am not sure if I'm breaking any rules with choosing a Latin phrase. The first word starts with I, that has to count right? Today, I hope to accomplish writing a post that you will find interesting about the Latin Phrase: " Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum"

Upon most crucifixes of Jesus Christ is the plaque, " I.N.R.I" Which we all know stands for, "Jesus Of Nazareth King Of The Jews" Pilate, who knew Jesus done no wrong, but to stop a riot from breaking out, had Jesus Crucified. And of course, he had this inscription put, most likely to have the last word, after being pushed around by the Jewish Leaders.

Now my question arises is, "Why?"

Why would Pilate put a sign on Jesus' Cross, and we aren't aware of the two others with him. But why Jesus. Well, it appears that it was common for the leader, (Pilate) to have inscriptions written and put on the cross. They usually had the persons name and what their crime was.

This is why the Jewish leaders, after reading the sign, went to Pilate and said, "Do not write," The king of the Jews, but, This Man Said I am the King of The Jews" (Jn 19:21) Saying, "This man said" would prove more and more of what is crime is. But Pilate knew there was nothing to crucify him for. Saying King, in that context was also a big no-no because saying King was setting himself against the emperor. And nasty things would happen if you went against the emperor.

Referring to Jesus as King doesn't just appear at his death. IT also appears at the very beginning, at his birth. The Magi telling Herod, that they are going to see, "The King Of The Jews" Which led to the slaughter of all first born males.

Notice that when Pilate is questioning Jesus about being a king, Jesus NEVER said no. He said "My kingdom is not of this world" Which, then makes him a king. So Pilate then figured out he wasn't this crazy guy that they proclaimed he was. So Pilate, Telling the truth writes the inscription.

The sign was to tell people gathered why this person is crucified. What crime they committed. SO for this reason it was written in 3 Languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. It was written in Hebrew because it was the local language, Greek because it was the most common language in the Roman Emperor and Latin because that was the official language of the Roman Emperor.

So, these signs were written in 3 languages: Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. They were written to expose people who were gathered at the cross of the persons crime. Pilate DID NOT WANT TO CRUCIFY JESUS!!! Pilate knew that he had no chance releasing him, so he crucified him.


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