This question brings about different views and claims with regards to who Jesus is. Even Jesus himself once asked this question to his disciples in Matthew 16:13 saying, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”
Perhaps, Jesus must have predicted that even in today’s generation, this question would still linger. Let’s take a look at what the disciples replied to the question of Jesus with regards to who do people say that he is:
“And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets (Mat. 16:14 KJV).”
As you can see from the Scripture, there were many claims with regards to who Jesus was since the early days of his times up. People said that Jesus Christ is a prophet, a normal human being; and in today’s generation, some might even say he never existed.
But the next verses (Mat. 16:15-17 KJV) is for us, true believers and followers of Christ which make us distinct from the “men” Jesus was referring to when he repeated the same question to the disciples asking, “But whom say ye that I am? (Mat. 16:15 KJV).” And here, a true follower of Christ named Peter replied “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God (Mat. 16:16 KJV).”
And Jesus said, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven (Mat. 16:17 KJV).”
As true Christians, we are blessed to know who Jesus Christ truly is for we have received a revelation in our spirit that does not come from men but from the Father.
So if you were to ask who Jesus is in the Bible, there are two claims coming from two different groups:
a.) For some of the men, Jesus Christ is a mere human being, a sinner like most prophets were;
b.) but for the Disciples of Christ, He is the Son of God and is unlike ordinary men. Jesus Christ was sinless, pure, and sent by God from heaven.
Which among the group do you belong to?
Perhaps, Jesus Christ must have asked this question so that people who are searching for truth about Him would come to him and truly seek him. And those who have entered into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ would receive the same revelation as Peter did which comes from the Father.
Jesus wanted for all of us to receive the revelation of who he is which comes from the Heavenly Father because even if preachers, friends, or missionaries would say to anyone that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, born of a virgin named Mary; and died and rose to life after three days, he or she has the choice to believe or not.
We are all given the free will by God which is why Jesus did not impose about his true identity as the Son of God. That’s how good and gracious our God is.
For the next part, we are going to take a look at who Jesus is as a Son of man and as a Son of God.