“When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” They said, “Some say that You are John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”” Matt. 16:13-17
Ever since Jesus walked the earth, until now, people have had different opinions about who Jesus is. We are free to have opinions and think what we want, but the truth is not affected by our opinions, thoughts and claims. Then as now, some thought that Jesus was a prophet, and that is true. But Jesus is something more.
Jesus’ disciple, Peter, confessed that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus confirmed that confession and said that it was through revelation that Peter understood who Jesus is.
On another occasion, Jesus had healed a man who had been born blind. The religious leaders asked the man who had been healed, how it had happened and who had healed him. The man was soon thrown out, because he acknowledged that Jesus was a prophet and from God.
“Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, and when He found him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have seen Him, and it is He who speaks with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshipped Him.” John 9:35-38
The healed man started to believe that Jesus was more than a prophet. Jesus Himself said to the man that He is the Son of God.
Put your faith and trust in Jesus today. Jesus reconciles man to God when we believe in Jesus, because Jesus is the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Through His death on the cross for us and resurrection from the dead, there is now eternal life to be received through Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
All other prophets were only human and the Bible says that all have sinned (Rom. 3:23), including the prophets. Therefore, no prophet can reconcile man to God. It required something more, it required the Son of God, who was tempted in everything but never sinned, so that we could be reconciled to God through Jesus’ perfect sacrifice for us on the cross. Jesus’ blood that was shed for us was innocent, completely without sin, and therefore it can cleanse our consciences before God, from all sin.
Another aspect is that because Jesus was tempted in everything, but without succumbing to temptation, He knows how we feel when we are tempted.
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who was in every sense tempted like we are, yet without sin. Let us then come with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebr. 4:15-16
Come to Jesus today and let Him help you.
God bless you.
/ David Billström