Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Whom say ye that I am?" (Matthew 16:15)

Who was Christ?
Some say that he was just a man.  Others believe he was only a prophet.  Many believe he was inspired.  But He was much more than any of these.  He was a great Man among men.  He indeed was a prophet and was inspired.  But still He was more.
“Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” (Matt. 27:54.)

At one time two men sat in a railway car discussing Christ’s wonderful life. One of them said, “I think an interesting romance could be written about him [Jesus Christ].”
   And the other replied, “And you are just the man to write it. Set forth the correct view of his life and character. Tear down the prevailing sentiment as to his divineness and paint him as he was—a man among men.”
   The suggestion was acted on and the romance was written. The man who made the suggestion was Colonel Ingersoll, the author was General Lew Wallace, and the book was Ben Hur.
   In the process of constructing it, he found himself facing an unaccountable man. The more he studied his life and character, the more profoundly he was convinced that he was more than a man among men, until at length, like the centurion under the cross, he was constrained to cry, “Verily this was the Son of God.”

(The Cause is Just and Worthy, by President Spencer W. Kimball, Ensign May 1974)

He is the Son of God.  "He was the Great Jehovah of the Old Testament, the Messiah of the New."  He came and lived among men, He was persecuted and crucified, He was resurrected on the third day, and He still lives today.  Jesus is the Living Christ.  (see: The Living Christ: The Testimony of the Apostles)