In Matthew Chapter 16 we read the story of Peter’s acknowledgment of Jesus as the Son of God. Jesus asks his disciples “Who do people say I am?” They replied that some say he is John the Baptist while others say he was a reincarnated prophet like Elijah or Jeremiah. But Peter speaks up and proclaims Jesus for who he is—the Son of God and the Messiah.
Well today we’re starting to see this discussion ramp up again. The New Age movement and its affiliate movements are starting to refer to Jesus once again as a great prophet or teacher, but stop short of professing him as the Son of God. And sadly, some Christian churches and leaders seem to be following suit. Just read some of the writing of some emergent and social justice leaders and you will see a great emphasis on Jesus the teacher—and a lack of focus on Jesus as the Son of God. Some of their false teachings even suggest we can all become gods on a par with Jesus.
You know in the past when someone stated they were a Christian, you could take it at face value. But these days, I find I must do a little digging and questioning when I meet someone who says they are a Christian. Just what does that mean? Who exactly is Jesus? A great teacher? A prophet? Or the only begotten Son of God. God who took on humanity to die on a cross for our sins so that those of us who truly believe in Him could become righteous in God’s eyes.
Sadly, there are a lot of different versions of “jesus” out there today. And I fully expect as we move forward you will see more and more people look at him as a great teacher and philosopher, but deny Him as the Son of the living God. We live in the times prophesied where good would be looked at as evil and evil as good. So we need to take the time to know God’s Word so we might recognize the counterfeit when we see it. Scripture tells us many will abandon the faith for the ways of man. That path to salvation that Jesus taught about just might be a lot narrower than we have been led to believe.