I beg to disagree though with the ultimate conclusion with which the story seems to end: the degradation of the King. In a natural course of events, this would be the case. However, in the action of Yeshua our Messiah, the anointed King of Israel, that degradation was in fact supernatural in itself. By fulfilling the mitzvot of the cursed man for our sakes, that act of love became His elevation and rightful place as King of Kings. This is the character of our God. HalleluYah that we serve a King who is so heroic, not slaughtering another for the sake of His God, but being cursed Himself to spare us all from that which we all rightfully deserve (the criminal's curse). May He continue to reveal Himself to us and may we learn to be more like Him, with selfless bravery on behalf of our fellow man.
Chazak chazak v'nit chazek...the King of Kings is soon coming!