King Of The Jews

And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews?  And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.  Matthew 27:11
 
This question asked by Pontius Pilate, the Roman official who condemned Jesus to death, appears in all four Gospels (See Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3; John 18:33).  The Gospel writers considered this name important, because it was the basis of the charge that led to Jesus’ execution. 
 
The Jewish religious leaders who turned Jesus over to Pilate were enraged by what they considered His blasphemy, or His claim to be the divine Son of God (see Matthew 26:63-66).  But they knew that the Romans would never condemn Jesus to death on the basis of their religious laws alone (see John 18:29-32).  So they claimed that Jesus was guilty of sedition against the Roman government by claiming to be a king (see Luke 23:2).  The implication of this charge is that Jesus was plotting to overthrow Roman rule.
 
This charge against Jesus was guaranteed to get action from Pilate.  One thing his superiors in Rome would not tolerate was unrest or rebellion in the territory over which he ruled.
 
Jesus never claimed to be a political king.  So why didn’t He deny that He was the King of the Jews when Pilate asked Him if the charge against Him was true?  He refused to answer this question to Pilate’s satisfaction because He knew the time for His sacrificial death had arrived.  He would allow events to run their course without any intervention on His part, because it was His destiny to die on the cross.  He would be sacrificed willingly as the King of the Jews in order to provide salvation for the entire world.
 
Another name of Jesus that is similar to King of the Jews is King of Israel (John 1:49; 12:13).