Who else? Only the Holy One
(1 Corinthians 1: 25-31) God chose the weak to shame the mighty, the foolish to confound the wise, the humble to supersede the exalted. Who else could tell the lowly fisherman: “Follow me” (Matt. 4:19) and so changed the course of his life that He might become a leader of men and establish His Church? Who else was born in a manger, even though a Prince, rather than in a palace? Though of humble birth, God exalted His name above every other name (Phil. 2:9). Throughout the Old Testament His name was prophesied more than any other. Who else was it said of him, “No man ever spoke like this man. He spoke as one who had authority.” (Mark 1:22) or “What manner of man is this that He calmed the sea (Matt. 8:27). Who else walked on the sea and bade His disciple to do likewise? (Matt.14:25-30). Who else would call from the Heavens Saul of Tarsus on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians and then convert him to become an apostle for Christ? (Acts 9:3-20)
Who else would read from Isaiah 61:1-2 the passage found in Luke 4:18-19: ”The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.” And when He had closed the book, He said unto them, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”? At the age of twelve Jesus knew that He was about His Father’s business; and, oblivious to their son’s remaining behind in the temple, His parents returned after two days’ journey to find Him discoursing with the elders.
Jesus came to reveal the character of His Father: Exodus 34:6/7 “And the Lord passed before him (Moses) and proclaimed: ‘The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and fourth generation.’” 2 Peter 3:9 says “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” And Joel 2:13 says “Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil (when His conditions are met.)
Jesus came to demonstrate His Father’s love for mankind and He did so by His healings, exorcising the demons that tormented the lives of their captives, bringing messages of hope to the lost and broken-hearted and, renouncing His divinity, became a man destined to be crucified for the sins of the world. He descended from Heaven to earth to share our pain and experience our sorrows as a human being, to show us how much God loves us and was willing to let Him die in our place so that we could have eternal life. (John 3:16)
Despite His revelation of His Father’s love, there are those, even in His day, and also in our age, who set about to defame the name and character of God. John 15:21-23 “But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not Him that sent me.....He that hateth me hateth my Father also.” They quote one line or verse from the Bible out of context and apply it to other parts of Scripture. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).
Who else had the authority to send His disciples out into the world to preach the gospel to every tribe, tongue and nation? His apostles took great pains to teach the unbelieving Jews and the idol-worshipping Gentiles the truth about Jesus, that He was indeed the Messiah, the Son of God. They never at any time attempted to change the gospel message or state what Jesus never said. He revolutionized their thinking and their experience with Him changed their way of life. Who else could have accomplished any or all of those things he did in His three and a half years on this earth? Who else?