“Who do men say that I the Son of Man am?” (Matthew 16:13).
The replies to Jesus’ question were varied: “John the Baptist.” “Elijah.” “Jeremiah.” “One of the prophets.”
Today, the replies still vary:
• “He was just a Jewish rabbi.” Not according to the rabbis of his day.
• “He was just a good moral teacher.” Who lied about who he was?
• “He was just an invention of the apostles.” All of them? Why? Did they all die for that same lie?
• “He is just a myth.” Why do historians consider him real?
• “He was just a poor, Galilean handy-man.” Why are we still talking about him?
He didn’t write scholarly papers.
He didn’t begin any educational institutions.
He didn’t draw or paint.
He didn’t compose music.
He wasn’t wealthy.
He wasn’t particularly good looking.
He wasn’t socially elite.
He wasn’t formally educated.
He didn’t lead armies.
He didn’t hold political office.
He didn’t develop theorems.
He didn’t discover or invent anything.
He didn’t design structures.
He didn’t conquer kingdoms.
Many of his followers deserted him.
His family thought he was crazy.
His countrymen preferred murderers to him.
He was betrayed by one of his closest friends.
Another friend, when pressed, denied ever having known him.
He was executed as a traitor.
Yet, He remains.
He is one of, if not the most influential person of history.
I have yet to find a more satisfactory answer than Peter’s: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”