History records hundreds of people who have claimed to be the Messiah—God’s anointed Deliverer and Ruler. Yet when we ask the “real McCoy” to stand up, no one matches the credentials Jesus Christ gave. We read in John chapter 5 that Jews asked about His identity. He replied: “Just as the Father gives life to those he raises from the dead, so the Son gives life to anyone he wants. In addition, the Father judges no one. Instead, he has given the Son absolute authority to judge, so that everyone will honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Anyone who does not honor the Son is certainly not honoring the Father who sent him. I tell you the truth; those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.” So today, as we seek solutions to problems of poverty, racism, injustice, and conflict in our families, nation, and world, we ought to look closely at Jesus Christ’s teaching. He was God’s perfect sacrifice—the only sacrifice that atones for our sins. Having obeyed His Father fully, God showed His full approval of Him by raising Him from the dead and appointing Him to be the absolute Ruler over heaven and earth. All this shows others may claim to be God’s anointed, but only Jesus Christ has backed up His claim.
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