It’s a great question. Jesus himself asked his closest disciples who the wider community thought he was.
Some said he was a reincarnation of some prophets from Jewish history. Others thought he was his cousin, John the baptist who had been recently killed by King Herod.
After listening to Peter, Jesus asked Peter who he thought he was. Peter said that he was the Christ, the Messiah, the living God.
Today, many people have opinions about who Jesus is. Many think he is only a good bloke, a guru or a great moral teacher.
While we all have varying opinions on who Jesus is, what did Jesus actually say about himself?
Jesus said this, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Jesus claimed to be so much more than a good bloke, a miracle worker, or a great moral teacher. He claimed that he was the Messiah, God Himself.
A man called Thomas doubted Jesus’ claims. He met Jesus again, face to face, after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus appeared and showed Thomas and others his wounds. He said to Thomas, ‘stop doubting and believe.’
Thomas in response said, “My Lord and my God!” – and Jesus didn’t correct Thomas and say, ‘whoa, you’ve gone a bit far there mate, I’m just a bloke like you.’
Jesus said, “Because you’ve seen me, you’ve believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” In other words, he says, ‘At last! – you were a bit slow getting the point Thomas – but you’re there now!’