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Who is Jesus of Nazareth?

This is the question of questions.

Jesus asked this question of His disciples and the religious men of His day in Matthew 16:13-15 and 22:42, and in the 2,000 years since He walked on the earth, this question has remained a mystery for all men to consider. Our personal answer to this question determines our eternal destiny.

 Who is He?

Is He just a carpenter’s son?

The Galilean countrymen from the region where Jesus grew up were blinded by their personal knowledge of the man Jesus. They said, “Is not this the carpenter’s son?” (Matt. 13:55a). They knew Him according to His physical life, and they only knew Him as “the carpenter’s son.”

But who is He really?

Is He just the greatest among the prophets?

When Jesus took His disciples away to teach them privately, He asked them, “Who do men say that the Son of Man is?” They responded, “Some, John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets” (Matt. 16:13-14).

Apart from God’s revelation, men thought Jesus was a great religious leader, or even the greatest of the prophets.

But isn’t He more than this?

Yes, He’s the Christ, the Son of the Living God!

Jesus didn’t end His conversation with the disciples about what others thoughts about Him.. He went on to ask them directly, “Who do you say that I am?”

One of His disciples, Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:16).

Jesus affirmed this answer by saying, “…flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in the heavens” (Matt. 16:17). Based on Peter’s response and Jesus’ confirmation, we know that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

What does this mean?

For Jesus to be the Christ, the Son of the living God, means that He is God incarnated as a man (John 1:1, 14). He’s the Second of the Divine Trinity—the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit—and He’s 100% God and 100% man.

The Bible says this about Jesus: “Now the origin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, Mary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 1:18).

Verse 23 continues: “‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel’ (which is translated, God with us).”

The man Jesus of Nazareth was more than merely a carpenter’s son, and more than the greatest among the prophets. He was more than a good man, and even more than a great man. He was (and is) the very God of the universe incarnated as a man. He is God with us.

Although He was God from eternity, He became flesh in time (John 1:1 and John 1:14), the entire God embodied in a man (Col 2:9). Jesus of Nazareth was the complete God and the perfect man, the One uniquely able to be the Savior of sinners (1 Tim. 2:5).

Believing into Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to have eternal life

Jesus was qualified to be the Savior of sinners because He lived a sinless human life for thirty-three and a half years. He was then crucified on the cross to die for man’s sins and to redeem man from his fallen condition. Now, the Bible says that anyone who believes into Jesus will receive eternal life.

The Apostle John said, “But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, you may have life in His name” (John 20:31). John 1:12 also says this: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name.” Additionally, Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

We all must answer the question that Jesus posed to His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” You can answer His question by making Jesus Christ your personal Savior and receiving His eternal life by praying:

“Lord Jesus, I thank you for showing me that You are really the Christ, the Son of the living God. I believe that as the Christ, You shed Your precious blood to save me and to take away all my sins. I also believe that You are the Son of God. Lord Jesus, I believe into You and receive You as the eternal life of God that I may become a child of God and enter into the kingdom of God. Lord Jesus, I love You!”

Now that you’ve prayed this prayer, you are a child of God, having received the eternal life of God. Please leave a comment to let us know about your experience of receiving Christ as your Savior!

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About Tom Smith

Hi. My name is Tom Smith. I'm the writer behind Holding to Truth in Love, and I love the Lord Jesus and His life-giving Word. Please feel free to send me an e-mail through the contact page if you have any questions. I hope you'd take a moment to subscribe to the Holding to Truth blog. Then you'll be sure not to miss a post. Thanks!

6 Replies

  1. Once I received Jesus I didn’t just become a good man, I became a man of God, with the life and nature of God dwelling within me. Now, he is saving me not just from hell, my sins, my sinful nature, but so much more! He is saving me into his kingdom, to become a normal, functioning member of the body of Christ! I have gone from a son of the devil to a son of God and from an isolated leper to a brother partaking of the fellowship in the Lord’s blood and the Lord’s body! Hallelujah!

    1. Alex,

      Thanks so much for your encouraging comment. What a wonder that Jesus was not just a good man or great man but the complete God and the perfect man. As such, His salvation does not just make us a good men or a moral man but a man of God, a child of God in the kingdom of God. What a Christ and what a salvation!

  2. The first paragraph includes a link to Matthew 22:42, where the question of questions is stated as “What do you think concerning the Christ?” The Jews had half the answer: He is the Son of David. This is true. Jesus Christ is a real man descended from King David according to the flesh.
    In Matthew 22:43-45 the Lord added the other half of the answer, quoting Psalm 110:1 and saying “David in spirit called Him Lord.” David called Him Lord because He is the Son of God. When we are in spirit we see that Jesus is both the Son of Man and the Son of God. What should we do to be “in spirit”? This answer is in 1 Corinthians 12:3, “no one can say, Jesus is Lord! except in the Holy Spirit.” The way to be in spirit is to declare Jesus is Lord. By this declaring we not only have the answer, but more we have the Person who is the Answer.

    1. Don,

      The Lord’s profound answer to the religionists in Matthew 22 really completed the view of who Christ is. They only saw that He was a royal man, a son of King David. They missed the other half of His person of which David spoke in Psalm 110 under the inspiration of the Spirit. That is, in his spirit, David called Him “my Lord.” Revealing that Jesus as the Christ is not only a proper man, but the Lord, the Son of God. Like you said, we need to declare that this Man Jesus, is Lord. When we confess, “Jesus is Lord,” we’re saved and we get Him as our real Answer. Thanks for the encouraging comment.

  3. brother Tom,

    This is indeed THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS! After the Pharisees, the Saducees, the lawyers, and the priests finished asking the Lord all kinds of entrapping questions – just when everyone thought that “there’s nothing more to say” – the Lord asked them, But who do YOU think the Christ – whose son is He? This is it – who is Christ? Is He just a topic for debate? Is He man? Why then does David call Him in spirit, Lord? And if He is the Lord of David, how comes He is called, The Son of David?

    Jesus Christ is wonderfully complicated, and today we can receive Him as the life-giving Spirit to come into our spirit and impart the divine life into us! This Wonderful Person who is both God and man, both man and God, with His perfect humanity, His flawless human living, His all-inclusive death, and His excellent resurrection can now come into us to impart His very being into us as the Spirit! Whenever we call, Lord Jesus! – we receive Him!

    The answer to this question can be twofold: one part contains all the attainments and accomplishments of Christ, and the second part is what He is practically to us in reality in our experience.

    Oh, how we love THIS Christ!

  4. Thanks for your post. Easy to read and an encouraging reminder of who Jesus is that simply answers the most profound of questions.

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