What makes Jesus different from other religious leaders?

Introducing people to Jesus through the teaching of the Bible has been our mission here at BBN for over 30 years. The staff of BBN, like so many followers of Christ down through the ages have dedicated themselves to sharing the good news of forgiveness from sin with as many as possible around the world. Why? What makes Jesus different from other religious leaders? Here are just a few truths.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:16) He didn’t offer “A” way to God. He is “THE” way.

Jesus is the only one that can offer forgiveness for sin and eternal life. He said, “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 10:28)

Jesus said, “I and my Father are one.” (John 10:30) The apostle John called him “the Word” and wrote of Him, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1) Jesus is God.

Not only did he willingly become the sacrifice to pay for our sins but he defeated death and rose from the grave to be seen by hundreds of eye-witnesses. Consider Luke 24:36-48.

“And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts? Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb. And he took it, and did eat before them. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.”

He is the only religious leader ever to die and rise again. Further, He lives today!

If you would like to study more about Jesus, we have a publication on our web site called What the Bible Teaches with a chapter about Jesus that summarized many of the scriptural passages that will help you know Him.

For more about this topic see: BBN BI course # 11300 Claims of Christ

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