The Uniqueness of Jesus Christ
Jesus Christ is unique. The word “begotten” (monogenes) in John 3:16 also means unique—the only one of its kind. First, Jesus is described in the Scriptures as unique. He is the Son of God (Matthew 16:16). He is the Son of man (Matthew 16:13, 27, 28). He is the King of Israel (John 1:49). He is the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last (Revelation 22:13). He is the Amen, the faithful and true witness (Revelation 3:14). He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). He is the Lamb who takes away our sins (John 1:29). He is the prophet like Moses (Acts 3:22-23). He is the King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16). He is the good shepherd (John 10:11). He is the chief shepherd (1 Peter 5:4). He is the light of the world (John 8:12). He is the heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2). He is the author of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9). He is our great high priest of the order of Melchizedek (Hebrews 7:21). He is the apostle and high priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1). He is the Word become flesh (John 1:14). He is the mediator of the new covenant (Hebrews 9:15), the one mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). He is God (Hebrews 1:8). He is man (1 Timothy 2:5). He is the fullness of the Godhead bodily (Colossians 2:9). He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6). He is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Titus 1:4). He is all of this and more. He is truly the only one of His kind–the only God-man, fully God and fully man. His was the only virgin birth ever. He was the only sinless adult ever to have lived on the Earth. His was the only permanent resurrection and the only ascension to reign forever.
Second, Jesus was and is unique as the greatest teacher ever. He did not conform to the norm. He used parables that compared the kingdom to a hidden treasure, to servants using sums of money to gain more for their master, and to things in life that would help them understand the spiritual nature of His kingdom. He used conversations with people to emphasize spiritual concepts such as being born again of water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom (John 3:3, 5) and for worshipping God in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). He also used object lessons such as washing the disciples’ feet to help them understand service. People were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as other teachers (Matthew. 7:28-29). “No man ever spoke like this man!” (John 7:46). And He lived what He taught.
Third, Jesus was unique as the greatest miracle worker of all time. He multiplied a few fish and a few loaves to feed thousands, walked on the water, and stilled a storm at sea. The culmination of His power as the Son of God was His resurrection from the dead. More amazing still was that He only used His power to benefit others. He had the power to prevent or harm those who crucified Him; instead He died for mankind and prayed for His persecutors. Jesus Christ is the epitome of unselfishness, and this truly sets Him apart as absolutely unique.