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Post  Pastor on Mon 23 Feb 2009, 2:56 am

What makes Jesus different from other religious leaders?

What makes Jesus so different from other religious leaders? There are many aspects of Jesus' life which make him supremely unique when compared to other religious figures. The most important difference by far is:

Jesus of Nazareth claims he is God

No other religious leader ever claimed to be God.

Many people who believe in God do not feel it is possible to know who God is, but God made it clear over 1,000 years beforehand he would take the form of man and live on the earth.

I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people. Leviticus 26:12 written 1400 b.c.

My dwelling place will be with them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
Ezekiel 37:27 written 580 b.c.

Here is what the New Testament has to say about the fulfillment of these prophecies:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:1-2, 14

Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. Colossians 1:15

What evidence is available that points to Jesus' claims of deity?

I am the living bread that came down from heaven. You are from below, I am from above. You are of this world, I am not of this world. John 6:51, 8:23

Christ tells us plainly he is from another world and came to earth from heaven.
Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began. John 17:5

Jesus states he existed with God before the earth was formed.
Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. John 17:24

Even though Abraham lived 2,000 years before him, Jesus says he already existed before Abraham was born.
"Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day. He saw it and was glad." "You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!" "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!" At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself by slipping away from the temple grounds. John 8:56-59

God did not say "me" and "my" but "us" and "our". Who is "us"? God the Father, God the Holy Spirit and God the Son, Jesus.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image and in our likeness and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Genesis 1:26

The Jewish leaders of that day even said Jesus claims to be God.
Jesus said, "I and the Father are one." Again the Jews picked up stones to stone him but Jesus said to them, "I have shown you many great miracles from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?" "We are not stoning you for any of these," replied the Jews, "but for blasphemy because you, a mere man, claim to be God." John 10:30-33

Only God has authority to forgive sins.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." Some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this man speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" When Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were thinking this to themselves, he said, "Why are you thinking about these things? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, 'Your sins are forgiven you', or to say, 'Rise, take up your bed and walk'? So that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins," he said to the paralytic, "I say to you, rise, take up your bed, and go home." Immediately he rose, took up the bed and went out in the presence of them all. Everyone was amazed and glorified God, saying, "We have never seen anything like this!" Mark 2:5-12

The demons understand who Jesus is.
When Jesus arrived at the other side in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon possessed men coming from the tombs met him. They were so violent that no one could pass that way. "What do you want with us, Son of God?" they shouted. "Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?" Some distance from them, a large herd of pigs was feeding. The demons begged Jesus, "If you drive us out, send us into the herd of pigs." Matthew 8:28-31

Satan was cast out of heaven long before Jesus ever came to this world
The seventy-two returned with joy and said, "Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name." Jesus replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:17-18, 20

This is God's voice from heaven saying Jesus is his Son.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he came up out of the water. At that moment, heaven was opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. A voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love. With him, I am well pleased." Matthew 3:16-17

Jesus refers to God as "my Father" not "our Father" which the Jews consider blasphemous.
For this reason, the Jews tried all the harder to kill him. Not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father making himself equal with God. John 5:18

Jesus affirms he is God's Son and will return one day in the future.
Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, "Are you not going to answer? What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?" Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, "I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God." "Yes, it is as you say," Jesus replied. "I say to all of you: In the future, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." Matthew 26:62-64

Jesus promises he will be murdered and he will also rise from the dead. Only God can bring the dead back to life.
Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. Mark 8:31

Who has authority over nature but God alone?
Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over the boat, but Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" Jesus replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Matthew 8:24-27

Only God is sinless and perfect. No one was ever able to prove Jesus sinned.
You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language because he is a liar and the father of all lies. Yet, because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don't you believe me? John 8:45-46

A Roman soldier who witnessed the crucifixion proclaims Jesus was God's Son.
With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom and when the centurion, who stood there in front of Jesus, heard his cry and saw how he died, said, "Surely this man was the Son of God!" Mark 15:37-39

In the life of Jesus, we have a remarkably unique story. Jesus was arrested and executed, not on the basis of anything he had done or was alleged to have done but because of who he claimed to be.

The primary focus of his entire ministry was his identity:

When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do men say that I am?" They said, "Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah and others say Jeremiah or one of the prophets." He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?" Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Jesus answered and said to him, "Blessed are you, Simon, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you but my Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it." Matthew 16:13-18

Consider the following

  • Only Jesus lived a perfect, sinless life.
  • Only Jesus claims to be able to forgive your sins.
  • Only Jesus promises you the gift of the Holy Spirit.
  • Only Jesus performed verifiable miracles.
  • Only Jesus claims to give you eternal life.
  • Only Jesus' life was prophesied before his birth.
  • Only Jesus died for your sins.
  • Only Jesus was resurrected from the dead.
  • Only Jesus says he will return one day.

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Re: Learn About Jesus Christ

Post  Waqar Daniel on Mon 23 Feb 2009, 9:19 am

Very informative article that talks in detail about Jesus. I think, we should have a series on Jesus so that we may help others to understand Jesus and His purpose.

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Thank you very much

Post  Fenny West on Tue 24 Feb 2009, 1:38 am

Thank you very much, Pastor, for this very detailed account of Who Jesus is.

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Re: Learn About Jesus Christ

Post  4given on Tue 24 Feb 2009, 3:35 am

Nice reminder of what Jesus did and who He is. Well done!

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Who is Jesus?

Post  annlovesjesus on Tue 24 Feb 2009, 9:17 pm

Jesus is the central figure of Christianity. He said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me," (John 14:6). Also, Jesus claimed to be God in flesh. If you compare what God said to Moses in Exodus 3:14 ("And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”) with what Jesus said in John 8:58 (Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am,"), then you quickly see that Jesus was claiming to be God. In fact, others testified that He was divine as well:

  • John 20:28, "Thomas answered and said to Him, 'My Lord and my God!'"
  • Col. 2:9, "For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form."
  • Heb. 1:8, "But of the Son He says, “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever..."


Jesus is the second person of the Trinity. He is the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God...And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth," (John 1:1-2,14). Because the word was with God and was God and became flesh, we then state that Jesus has two natures: divine and human. Therefore, Christianity teaches that Jesus is both God and man at the same time. The reason that he is God in flesh is because only God can atone for our sins; we can't do it on our own because we are finite, sinful beings and we cannot please an infinitely holy God. Jesus had to be a man to be able to die for humanity. This means that Jesus took our place on the cross; that is, He took our place and suffered the wrath of God the Father. If you trust in what Christ has done, then you will be saved from the righteous judgment of God. More on that next.

God is infinitely holy, sinless, and just. When we sin, when we do something contrary to God's will, then we have offended God. Since He is infinite, our offense against Him takes on an infinite quality -- because of who we have offended: an infinite God. Since no person can please an infinite God (because we are finite and sinners) then the only one left to remove our sins is God Himself. Therefore, Jesus is God in flesh, the one who died on the cross, bore our sin in his body (1 Pet. 2:24), and physically rose from the dead.

Right now, in heaven, Jesus is still in the form of a man: "For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus," (1 Tim. 2:5). Jesus rose from the dead in the same body he died in: "Jesus answered and said to them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.' 20 The Jews therefore said, 'It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?' 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had spoken," (John 2:19-21). Also, He retained the wounds of His crucifixion after He rose from the dead: "Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand, and put it into My side; and be not unbelieving, but believing,” (John 20:25). Forty days after His resurrection He ascended into heaven bodily: "And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight," (Acts 1:9). He will return again from the heavens, and will judge the world and all people: "This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven," (Acts 1:11). Yet, at the same time, He is still divine, "For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form," (Col. 2:9).

Jesus never did anything wrong. He performed many miracles such as healing, casting out demons, walking on water, calming a storm with the command, raising people from the dead, and rising from the dead himself. Though there have been many great teachers throughout history, none of them have performed such miracles and claimed to be divine as Jesus claimed. This is why we can believe Him when He says, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me," (John 14:6).

We trust what Jesus said. Therefore...

  • Jesus is prayed to - Acts 7:55-60; 1 Cor. 1:2 with Psalm 116:4; (John 14:14)
  • Jesus is worshipped - Matt. 2:2,11; 14:33; John 9:35-38; Heb. 1:6
  • Jesus cleanses from sin - 1 John 1:9
  • Jesus forgives sins - Matt. 9:1-7; Luke 5:20; 7:48


Source: Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry

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