Was Jesus Unique?

This is a question that has been asked by millions: “Who Is Jesus Christ.” Is Jesus really a unique creature? Was Jesus just a good teacher, or was He really the unique Son of God?

Jesus Did Live About 2000 Years Ago

Very few people living today deny that Jesus actually did live here on the earth about 2000 years ago. This is despite the fact that Jesus is hardly mentioned by His contemporaries, except what is written in the Bible and by the historian Josephus.

Even Muslims and those who deny that He is the unique Son of God admit that He actually did live here on the earth. They admit that He was a real person. But was He more than just a good teacher?

What Does the Old Testament Say?

The Old Testament is packed full of prophecies concerning the coming of the Messiah. In fact, the proof of who the Messiah is is so overwhelming that Messianic Jews (Jews that have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior) actually win their fellow Jews to Jesus simply by using the Old Testament.

Look at Isaiah 53. It is such a powerful testimony that Jesus is the Hebrew Messiah, that many Rabbi’s actually think that it is a sin to read it. Others have concluded that Isaiah 53 must refer to a Gentile Messiah and that the Jewish Messiah is still yet to come. There are also many other Old Testament passages that the Rabbi’s simply have no explanation for.

The Old Testament was written by many different people over many different years, yet their message is always the same. And all the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah all complement each other. In fact, they were all fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Look at the following that show that Jesus was a unique being.

A Child and a Son

Look at Isaiah 9:6 (NIV): “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.”

Notice the two phrases: “A child is born” and “A Son is given.” Why is there a distinction made between child and son? It is because God is explaining exactly who this Messiah will be.

First, a child is to be born. In other words, a human being will be created inside the body of a woman. This child will be a physically created being, just as all other human beings are created.

But then, God says “a Son is given.” What does God mean, that a son is given? This must mean that this child is more than simply another human being. If something is “given,” it means that it is in existence before it is given. In other words, it is possessed by one person so that it can be given to another.

God is telling us something special here. He is telling us that this child, although it has a created body, is a son that was in existence before that body was created. Whose son? It is God’s Son, who was living with, and is a part of God, Himself.

Jesus Is a Unique Being

There can be no other explanation of why God used those two phrases, one right after the other, to describe the coming Messiah. Jesus is a unique being. There is no other like him as John 3:16 says.

John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Notice the word “begotten.” The Greek word (the language it was originally written in) is “monogenace.” Many English translations simply leave this word out because there is no equivalent English word for it. It actually means “a unique being, the only one of its kind.”

Many translations simply say that God gave His “only Son” or His “one and only Son.” But this translation is a little misleading because all born-again Christians are called “Sons of God.” Yes, Jesus is a unique being, the only one of its kind.

Jesus Was Unique Because He Was Born Of a Virgin

Look again at the phrase that a child is to be born. However, this was to be a special child as explained in Isaiah 7:14 (NIV): “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” In other words, this child will be born into the world through a virgin.

The Hebrew word for “virgin” used here is “almah.” Some claim that it is only in modern times that “almah” has been translated “virgin.” They claim that it originally meant only a young woman. However, it interesting that when Jewish scholars translated Isaiah 7:14 into Greek (the Septuagint) they used the Greek word “parthenos” which means “virgin.” And this was about 200 years before Jesus was born.

So “almah” was commonly used to mean a “virgin” or “a young unmarried woman.” It is very clear from the Scriptures that the Messiah (Jesus) was to be a special and supernatural person and that He had a special and supernatural birth.

Jesus Is Our Savior Because He Is Unique

Read John 3:16 again. John 3:16 (NKJV): “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Why is this important? It is because we are living in the End Times. This same Jesus is coming again and He is coming again soon. He will come unexpectedly and without warning. The question is: “Are you ready to meet Him?” Or will He come for his Church (those who have accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior) and you will be left here on the earth to face the Tribulation.

Go to “How To Live Forever” and find out how to be ready.

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