If a stranger approaches you and says he knows your buddy “John,” but all the facts are wrong concerning him, you could safely conclude that he is referring to a different John. With that in mind, there are many religions that claim they know and believe in Jesus, but that does not mean they are referring to the same Jesus of the Bible. For example:
- Mormons believe Jesus was the spirit brother of Lucifer. That is not the Jesus of the Bible.
- Jehovah Witnesses believe Jesus was Michael the Archangel. That is not in the Bible!
- Muslims believe Jesus was just a prophet. That is definitely not what the Bible teaches.
- Bahai teaches Jesus was simply a messenger.
Notice how none of these religions teach what the Bible says, that Jesus was God in human flesh.
You see, the real Jesus sparked more controversy than any other religious leader in history. He made radical claims; He spoke, not from, but with authority; and He forgave people of their sins, which was a hook on which God alone could hang His hat. Jesus healed without medicine, fed thousands from a boy’s lunch, and calmed the raging sea.
He claimed to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and said that no man would come to the Father, but through Him. He claimed to be the Bread of Life, the Light of the world, the good Shepherd, the true Vine, and the Resurrection and the Life, and He was ultimately crucified because He claimed to be God. He was able to conquer death by rising from the grave as He said He would. How is that possible? Because He is the Christ, the Savior of the world.
So, if someone comes to you talking about Jesus, but he doesn’t sound like the Jesus of the Bible, that’s probably because he isn’t.
By Mark Spence
At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book. (Daniel 12:1)