“Are you the King of the Jews?” (v3). Luke describes how various people reacted to Jesus, as he was led to his death. The chief priests and others “vehemently accused” him; their opposition was direct and aggressive. Pilate was passive (v4), and Herod was curious, wanting to see “some sign done by him (v8). The crowds wanted him to be crucified, and some women mourned the innocent man going to the cross (v21,27). None saw that Jesus was the true King.
“…saying he himself is Christ, a King” (v2). Jesus died for humanity even while we rejected him. We didn’t recognize him, but he loved us anyway, bearing our shame so that we could be saved.