Tuesday, November 9, 2010

inri

INRI is an acronym of the Latin inscription (Iesus Nazarenus, Rex Iudaeorum), which translates to English as "Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews."   
The Gospel of Luke records this simple statement concerning Jesus' crucifixion: "There was also an inscription over him, 'This is the King of the Jews'" (Luke 23:38).  A few brief comments on that sign will suffice.

First, this sign was the only thing ever written about Jesus during his lifetime.  Second, and somewhat perversely, this sign is an advertisement, part of the spreading of the good news of Jesus Christ. 

But finally, I think that this sign is incorrect.  Jesus is not just King of the Jews.  This sign is only correct insofar as Jews are part of all creation.  Yes, Jesus is King of the Jews, but he's also King of all creation. 

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