Admirers throughout history have had some positive comments to make about the Lord Jesus. Unbelievers such as Byron, the poet, said, “If ever a man was God, or God was a man, Jesus Christ was both.” Another unbeliever, Napoleon Bonaparte, the ruthless conqueror said, “I know men and I tell you Jesus was not a man. Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions, but that resemblance does not exist. Jesus alone founded His Empire of love, and at this hour, millions would die for Him.”
Believers in the past too have said great things about the Lord Jesus. Alexander White, the great Christian writer said, “The longer I live, the firmer in my faith I am rooted in the Godhead of my redeemer. No one, short of the Son of God, could meet my case. I must have one who is able to save to the uttermost.” Graham Scroggy, the great preacher, claimed that the last battle of the whole of the Christian age, as the first, will rage around the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.
We have a number of cults in existence with a warped view of the Lord Jesus. Spiritism, for instance, asserts, “It is an absurd idea that Jesus was more divine than any other man.” Christian Science claims, “Jesus Christ is not God, as Jesus Himself declared, but the son of God.” Jehovah’s Witnesses boldly state, “Jesus was not God the son.” Christadelphianism, on the other hand, denies the deity of Christ. They say, “Jesus is the name of the virgin’s son and not that of an eternally pre-existent God who came down from heaven and in some mysterious way became incarnate flesh.” All these teachings bring confusion about the identity of the Lord Jesus. Many voices in our world today clamour for our attention and our instant allegiance without thinking about the truth of the bible and so we get ensnared into strange religions.
The bible is very clear that Jesus Christ is the revelation of God. This means that His very character and personhood, the essence of His being is the very character of God, by which God speaks to us. Christ is the full expression of the Father’s heart. He is the incarnate word of God and therefore, the expression in the flesh, and humanity of who God is.