The identity of Jesus Christ has been debated for centuries, even though the claims He made about himself can be read clearly in the Gospels.
Jesus Christ’s identity put fear in the eyes of a king at His birth. King Herod trembled at hearing the words: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” (Matthew 2v2 ).
The fear brought on by the possible arrival of the Messiah put Herod into a killing frenzy and “he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and all in that region who were two years old or under,” (Matthew 2v16).
The earliest attack on the identity of Jesus was from Satan when he tempted Him in the wilderness. Satan’s desire was to discredit Jesus and thus stop Him from going to the cross. There he “put them (rulers and authorities which are fallen angels) to open shame.” (Colossians 2v15).
In two of the three temptations put before Jesus, Satan asks Him to do certain things to prove that He is the Son of God: “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread” and “If you are the Son of God throw yourself down, for it is written” (Matthew 4). Satan clearly attacks the identity of Jesus by bringing it into question and through that cause him to sin and be discredited.
The battle is still waging. Many Christian pastors stand in pulpits defending the doctrine of Christ’s deity while others simply say that they don’t know who Jesus really is. Let the Bible be your guide. Open it up on the first page of the New Testament and start with the Gospel of Matthew. Read it to the back page and sit back, satisfied in your Christology.
– RONALD PETERSEN