What is the meaning of INRI?
INRI (Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum) represents the Latin inscription, which in English reads as “Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews”
And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the Cross. And the writing was JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS—John 19: 19
“And Pilate wrote a title…Luke calls it a superscription, Mark, the superscription of His accusation, and Matthew, the accusation itself; it contained the substance of the charge against Him, and was written upon a table or board, and nailed to the Cross, as Nonnus suggests; to this is the allusion, Colossians 2:14.
The form of it was drawn up by Pilate, His judge, who ordered it to be transcribed upon a proper instrument, and placed over Him: and put it on the Cross; not with his own hands, but by his servants, who did it at his command; for others are said to do it, Matthew 27:37.
John 19: 20-22 20 This title then read many of the Jews: for the place where Jesus was crucified was nigh to the city: and it was written in Hebrew, and Greek, and Latin.
21 Then said the chief priests of the Jews to Pilate, Write not, The King of the Jews; but that he said, I am King of the Jews.
22 Pilate answered, What I have written I have written.
“Pilate would not gratify the chief priests by allowing the writing to be altered; which was doubtless owing to a secret power of God upon his heart, that this statement of our Lord’s character and authority might continue. Many things done by the Roman soldiers were fulfilments of the prophecies of the Old Testament.”—Matthew Henry