What Kind of Man Is This?
By Alexander Samuels
One of the most important questions we can ever ask is "Who is this Jesus?" Once we ask that question and if we are determined to know the correct answer, are we willing to accept that the answer might change us forever? Many avoid this question altogether for fear of the answer.
If the answer to the question leads to . . . believing that Jesus was more than a man, what is to be my response? Does the answer place me under some further obligation?
Jesus' disciples surely knew him best and should have been able to give us some clue as to who he really is. Yet, even in his presence, his disciples often seemed as confused as we are. Perhaps the answer is too overwhelming as was the experience of the disciples during a storm in Matthew 8:23-27:
Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!"
In Spiritual Depression, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains these verses to us while challenging us with the mystery of Jesus revealed. What will be your response? Lloyd-Jones writes:
"What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him". Man, and yet obviously God. He could command the elements, He could silence the wind and stop the raging of the sea. He is the Lord of nature and of creation, He is the Lord of the universe. This is the mystery and the marvel of Jesus Christ—God and Man, two natures in One Person, two natures unmixed yet resident in the same Person. . . .
If you do not believe in the unique deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, you are not a Christian, whatever else you may be. We are not looking at a good Man only, we are not interested merely in the greatest Teacher the world has ever seen; we are face to face with the fact that God, the Eternal Son, has been in this world and that He took upon Him human nature and dwelt amongst us, a Man amongst men—God-Man. We are face to face with the mystery and the marvel of the Incarnation and of the Virgin Birth. It is all here, and it shines out in all the fullness of its amazing glory. "What manner of man is this?" He is more than Man. That is the answer—He is also God.
Bow down before Him.