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Matthew 27:37

"A sign was fastened above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against him. It read: 'This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.'”

Sculpture of Jesus on the cross.

Jesus was crucified with a sign above his head announcing who He is. The religious leaders viewed this sign as a mockery of Jesus. They saw him as a dangerous and sinful man and they wanted other people to see him that way too. They even asked the Governor to change the sign to read that Jesus said he was the King of the Jews (John 19:21). But Pilate did not change the wording of the sign. Jesus was to die with that announcement just as it was.

Some life coaches today ask their clients to consider what they would want written as the inscription on their tombstone. The idea is that if we think about how we want to be remembered in the future, it will make us focus on pursuing that goal in the present. In other words, what do you want to accomplish in your life, and how can you work to make that happen?

Rather than making this reading a mental exercise, take some time today and write out a sentence that you would want to represent your epitaph when your life comes to an end. Mine would read:

"Richard served God by helping others pursue a closer relationship with Jesus Christ."

If you believe the wording on the cross above Jesus' head, consider today how your life can provide honor to your Lord.

(New Living Translation; photo credit: Robert Karp via Unsplash)

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