“Surely this man is the Prophet we’ve been expecting.”
Others said, “He is the Messiah.”
Still others said, “But he can’t be! Will the Messiah come from Galilee?
For the Scriptures clearly state that the Messiah will be born of the royal line of David, in Bethlehem, the village where King David was born.”
So the crowd was divided about him.
Some even wanted him arrested, but no one laid a hand on him.
In the First Century, during the time of Jesus, when you asked, “Who is Jesus?” here is how you might answer.
Some say, he is the prophet of God.
Yes, he is the prophet of God that you read about in Deuteronomy 18, but he is so much more than that.
Some say he Messiah.
Yes, he is the Messiah.
Some say is not the Messiah, because he is not from Bethlehem.
Yes, he is the Messiah and he was born in Bethlehem, he just moved back to Galilee. You simply aren’t aware of this.
Some, just want him arrested.
In this case, you may or may not think Jesus is the Messiah.
If you think he is the Messiah, but you want him arrested anyway, you are probably corrupt and don’t want Jesus to take away your power and prestige.
If you don’t think he is the Messiah, you probably want him arrested because he could be a troublemaker to the Romans and you don’t want the Romans to go ballistic.
In the 21st Century when we think of this same question, “Who is Jesus?” we get similar responses.
Some say he is a great teacher, he is just not the Savior of the world.
People of many faith families, like Judaism or Islam, or even respectful atheists, might say this.
Some say he the Savior.
About half the world says this and would identify with Jesus as Savior.
Some say he is not the Savior, because he doesn’t fit what you think the Savior should be. You have no proof.
This would be some Jewish people and some skeptics of a variety of worldviews.
Some say he is bad influence and his teachings should be forbidden and his followers silenced!
You are probably a person of ill will who is afraid your power is being threatened by his followers.
It seems everyone has an opinion about Jesus. But, God doesn’t just leave us with opinions, God gives us brains to think and logic and reason to help our thinking. This is why if you have ever given the Gospels a careful, straightforward reading you generally come away amazed.
Who do you say Jesus is?