When Jesus was crucified, Pilate placed an inscription over his head describing the reason for his execution: “”A inscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, Latin, and Hebrew: THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (Luke 23:38)
There is an obvious reason that Pilate had the inscription written in three languages. These languages were in common use in that part of the world. But there might be a less obvious reason as well, one that Pilate did not intend.
In Proverbs we read, “The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord. Like the rivers of water, he turns it wherever he wishes.” (Proverbs 21:1) As in many instances, God is able to orchestrate an outcome through human instruments without that human instrument even realizing it.
Latin was the language of the government, the mother tongue of the occupying Romans.
Greek was the language of culture and commerce.
Hebrew was the language of the religion.
These are the major estates of society’s influence and power. Could this have been a signal to the major sectors of control that this condemned man was something much more than a common criminal, and that he is one to whom they are accountable for how they exercised that power?
Something to think about.
Lenny Cacchio is a resident of Lee’s Summit. He blogs at http://morningcompanion.blogspot.com