What is so special about Jesus?

A few days ago, while driving home after work, I saw an advertisement on the street promoting a newspaper's latest editorial. The poster read: "Mandela is Jesus". At first, this statement shocked me. How can anyone say that! Although Mandela is a special person, can one compare him or compare him to Jesus? However, this poster brought me to thoughts. Apart from Mandela, many special people have lived on this earth. In the last 100 years alone, people like Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela, who, like Jesus, have experienced injustices and overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles and even gained international prominence. Each of them suffered in his own way. They were beaten, imprisoned, threatened and intimidated and even killed. In the cases of Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., both paid with their own lives. So what makes Jesus so special? Why are more than two billion Christians worshiping him?

Jesus was without sin

Neither Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. nor Nelson Mandela ever claimed to be without sin. Yet in the New Testament many testify to Jesus' longing for an intimate relationship with us; that does and no human being can verses the fact that Jesus was without sin. In 1. Peter 2,22 we can read the following: "he who did no sin and in whose mouth no deceit was found" and in Hebrews 4,15 "For we do not have a high priest who could not suffer with our weakness, but who has been tried in everything, as we do, but without sin. "Jesus was perfect and, unlike Mandela and the others, never sinned.

Jesus claimed to be God

Neither Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., nor Nelson Mandela have ever claimed to be God, but Jesus did just that. In John 10,30, "I and the Father are One." Refers to God himself. Such an assertion is very brave and yet Jesus pronounced it. That's why the Jews wanted to crucify him.

There were other people in history, such as Augustus Caesar and King Nebuchadnezzar, who claimed to be divine. But their rule was not marked with peace, love, and good nature towards man, but was characterized by oppression, malice, and greed for power. In extreme contrast, the followers of Jesus, who are not anxious to make him famous, rich and powerful, but only to bring the love of God and the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ to the people.

Confirmed by miracles and prophecies

In Acts 2,22-23, the apostle writes the following about Pentecost: "Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, expelled from God among you through deeds and miracles and signs that God has done through him in your midst, like you know - this man, who was given by God's counsel and providence, you have crucified and killed by the hand of the Gentiles. "Peter speaks here to the people who have known Jesus personally. They saw the miracles he performed, and some of them were probably even there when he resurrected Lazarus, provided food to 5000 men (women and children not included), drove away evil spirits, and healed the sick and the lame. Many people have also witnessed his resurrection and have been able to witness it. He was not just any man. He not only spoke, but acted according to his words. Despite modern day technologies, no one can understand the miracles Jesus performed. No one today can turn water into wine, raise people from death, and multiply food. Although all these things are very imposing, the fact that I find most impressive about the miracles Jesus performed is because over 700 prophecies of the Messiah must have been fulfilled and Jesus has fulfilled each one of them. These prophecies were made more than a thousand years before his birth. To really understand how special it is that Jesus fulfilled these prophecies, one only has to look over the statistical possibility of anyone fulfilling all these prophecies. If we were to look at the possibility of any person, as it fulfills the most significant 300 prophecies about Jesus, the probability would be 1: 10; (A one with 157 zeroes). The chances, since Jesus only fulfilled the whole prophecies by chance, are so tiny, since this seems impossible. The only explanation of how Jesus was able to fulfill all these prophecies is because he himself is God and has directed the events.

Jesus longs for an intimate relationship with us humans

like Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mandela had many followers, but for a normal person it was impossible to relate to them. Jesus invites us to a personal relationship with him. In John 17,20-23, he prays the following words: "But I ask not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me by their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I in you, they too should be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. And I have given them the glory that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one, me in them and you in me, that they may be one and know the world, since you have sent me and loved them how you love me. "

Mandela does not know, because I exist, he can not. After all, he is only human. But each of us has access to a relationship with Jesus. They can share their deepest desires, joys, fears and concerns with him. They are not a burden to him and he will not be too tired or too busy listening to them. Jesus is more than any significant person who ever lived because he was not only human but also God.


Although it looked like Mandela could be compared to Jesus at the beginning of this article, we find that this is not possible. We can compare Mandela to Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., but not to Jesus, because that's how we would compare a drop of water to an ocean. You can not compare anyone to Jesus because no one is like him. Because nobody is as special as he is.

by Shaun de Greeff

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