Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? 14 And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. 15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
As Jesus walked upon this earth and performed His many miracles, He naturally drew great attention. At one point He asked His disciples – “Whom do men say that I am?” Their reply was –“Some say you’re John the Baptist who has come back from the dead. Others say that you must be one of the great prophets such as Elijah or Jeremiah.”
“But who do you say that I am?” Jesus asked them. Peter answered: “Thou art the Christ, the anointed One of God. Thou art the Son of the living God.” As Jesus looked upon Peter, He said, “Blessed are you Simon, the son of Jonah; for men have not taught this to you, but rather My Father in heaven. He is the One who has helped you to see this great spiritual truth.”
The Bible teaches us that Jesus is superior to any prophet or spiritual teacher. He is God. We read from the book of Hebrews – Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…
In Hebrews chapter 1, we see four distinguishing marks that help us recognize the superiority of Jesus Christ. Over the next few days we will take a look at each of the marks of identification.
1) Jesus is Superior Because He is the Heir of All Things
The Bible tells us that as Christians, we are ‘heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ.’ (see Romans 8:17) An heir is someone who receives a portion of an inheritance. As Christians, we will inherit heaven and all of its glory. Scripture also teaches us that we will inherit a new earth that God will create at the end of time. Yet it is not by our own doing or personal worth that we shall receive these blessings. We will inherit the glories of eternity because we are ‘in Christ.’ Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ – who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places – in Christ:
Jesus is the one true heir of all things. The Bible says that just before He returned back to His Father, Jesus said to His disciples – “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Mt 28:18) The word ‘power’ means – authority. Christ alone has the rightful authority to claim full ownership of creation. According to scripture, one day every knee shall bow before Him and ever tongue shall confess that He is Lord of all. (Php 2:10-11)