And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, "This is Jesus, the King of the Jews." (Matthew 27:37.)
The other three Gospels also note that an 'accusation' was placed over His head, each Gospel stating that Jesus is King of the Jews. Mark 15:26, Luke 23:38, John 19:19.
Jesus was 'tried' in two different courts. He had a religious Jewish trial and a secular Roman trial. Since each kind of trial had three phases, Jesus was involved in 6 different legal proceedings. In none of them was a sinful accusation leveled at Him. The sign above His head did not say thief. Nor did it charge Him with being a blasphemer. Nor a rebel. Nor a usurper.
The only 'accusation' above the head of Jesus as He expired on the cross was THE TRUTH. No blot was above His precious head. Only the truth that Jesus was, and is, and is to come as King of the Jews.
Now note the Christmas story. Wise Men from the East arrived at Jerusalem. They sought the babe whose star had led them to the city. The men went to Herod and asked about this Messiah. They asked,
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, "Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him." (Matthew 2:1-2).
WHEN JESUS WAS BORN, HE WAS ANNOUNCED AS KING OF THE JEWS.
WHEN JESUS DIED HE WAS PROCLAIMED AS KING OF THE JEWS.
Eventually, His kingship will be over the entire earth and all its people. Hallelujah!
On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords. (Revelation 19:16)