We have heard many different descriptions of Jesus Christ. To some people, it’s even part of a curse word. When Jesus asked His disciples who people say that He is, there was a variety of different answers.

Matthew 16:13-16

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” They said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Mark 8:27-29

Jesus went out, along with His disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way He questioned His disciples, saying to them, “Who do people say that I am?” They told Him, saying, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; but others, one of the prophets.” And He continued by questioning them, “But who do you say that I am?”Peter answered and said to Him, “You are the Christ.”

Luke 9:18-20

And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, “Who do the people say that I am?” They answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others say Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.” And He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” And Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.”

This is who Jesus proclaimed to be and never anything less. He did not associate Himself with those other titles people try to give Him. While we have the freedom to have whatever opinion we want about Him, saying He is anything less than the Son of God, God in the flesh, is just a wrong opinion.

One of the most common belittling opinions of Jesus Christ is He was just a “good” man. Many people don’t understand the meaning of the word good. I’ve met a few people in my life that I would consider to be good people. In the same light of being good, those people never walked on water (Matthew 14:25; Mark 6:48; John 6:19), nor turned water into wine (John 2:9), nor fed 5,000 men along with their wives and children (Matthew 14:19-21; Mark 6:41-44; Luke 9:14-17; John 6:10-11) as well as 4,000 men along with their wives and children (Matthew 15:36-38; Mark 8:6-9) on two separate occasions, nor gave sight to the blind (Mark 8:22-26; Matthew 9:27-31; John 9:1-7; Mark 10:46-52; Matthew 20:29-34; Luke 18:35-43), nor unlocked the eardrums of the deaf (Mark 7:31-37), nor cleansed lepers (Matthew 8:1-4; Mark 1:40-45; Luke 5:12-16; Luke 17:11-19), nor restored the crippled (Matthew 9:1-8; Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:17-26; John 5:1-8; Matthew 12:9-13; Luke 14:1-6; Matthew 12:9-13; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11), nor healed blood flow problems (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:24-34; Luke 8:43-48), and for sure, never raised people from the dead (Matthew 9:18-26; Mark 5:24-34; Luke 8:40-56; John 11:43-44), or greater than all, did not come back from the dead as they promised they would, after being killed in front of many spectators at a nationwide event (Matthew 28:5-6; Mark 16:6-7; Luke 24:4-7; John 20:1-18). If Jesus was just a “good” man, then all good men should have the same ability to do the things that the Bible reports that He did. This is just a small portion of all the miracles performed by Jesus Christ within a three year ministry.

People like to classify Jesus as just being a good man, but if that were the case, that would mean He did not perform the miracles as it is reported. If that is true, then that opens a lot more problems that the world finds itself lost in, and outside the kingdom of God. For now, we’ll just stick to just one issue. If Jesus did not perform those miracles, we would have to read the Bible as if they never happened. If we did that, there would not be much to say about Jesus. In fact, He probably would not have made the pages of scriptures to be classified as a “good” man. All he would have done in His lifetime would have been to teach a few people but without any authority to prove what He was saying was true. The teachings of Jesus gave the people hope, and the life of Jesus proved that the hope He gave could be believed and trusted.

Jesus Christ: a good man? Yes indeed but so much more! His life proves it to us even until this day! Amen!


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