Since the first century, people have been torn over the identity of Jesus Christ. Some said that He was just a good man, but nothing more. Others have said that He was a prophet. Still, many of us believe that He was God's unique Son, come to earth to save a sinful human race.
Jesus was teaching His disciples in Caesarea Philippi, when He asked his disciples who people thought that He was. The disciples responded by naming some of the famous prophets. This is what people sometimes think about Jesus. They believe that He was a good man or a prophet, but nothing more. I disagree. I believe that Jesus was more than a good man or a prophet.
After the disciples responded, Jesus asked another question. He wanted to know who the disciples believed Jesus to be. Simon Peter responded that Jesus was the Messiah. Simon Peter was right.
The belief that Jesus Christ was God's unique Son, the Messiah, is a distinguished belief of Christians. In fact, this is one of the core beliefs of every Christian, regardless of denomination or nationality. This is where we are distinguished from the world.
The disciples of Christ know who Jesus is. He was not simply a moral teacher. He was not simply a prophet. He was, and is, more than that. He is God's unique Son, come to save sinful mankind. He was God made flesh. He is the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. He is the Savior of the universe.
Jesus stood distinguished from the world, and so should we. As disciples of Jesus, we tell the world who Jesus is. While we do this, we obey Jesus. In this way, we can impact our communities, nations, and world with the Gospel of Christ.
(For a defense of Jesus as God's unique Son, click here.)