Jesus is unlike any other man who ever walked this planet. Here’s why:
Jesus’ Birth Was Unique
So the Lord himself will give you this sign: A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and she will name him Immanuel [God Is With Us].
“He will be a great man
and will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give him
the throne of his ancestor David.
Your son will be king of Jacob’s people forever,
and his kingdom will never end.”
Laws were given through Moses, but kindness and truth came into existence through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. God’s only Son, the one who is closest to the Father’s heart, has made him known.
What really makes the birth of Jesus unique was not that he was born of a virgin or that he came through the line of King David, but that he is the only person ever born who is both fully God and fully man. He is the one-of-a-kind Immanuel, God in the flesh. There is no one to compare to him.
Jesus’ Life Was Unique
John saw Jesus coming toward him the next day and said, “Look! This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.”
Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one goes to the Father except through me.”
“No one else can save us. Indeed, we can be saved only by the power of the one named Jesus and not by any other person.”
Jesus changed the life and destiny of every person he encountered. How is he different from all the other interesting people you’ve known? He is the only Savior this world will ever have.
Every other religious system requires you to be your own redeemer. Jesus is the only person both capable and willing to pay the penalty for our sins by dying for us in our place on the cross. He lived a perfect, sinless life, so he can redeem us with his own blood.
Jesus’ Death Was Unique
God loved the world this way: He gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world, not to condemn the world, but to save the world.
God had Christ, who was sinless, take our sin so that we might receive God’s approval through him.
2 Corinthians 5:21
What made the death of Jesus unique was not that he was crucified by the Romans at the request of the Jewish leaders. He died to pay a debt he did not owe, because we owed a debt we could not pay. His death was unique because he paid the penalty for our sin—and no one else ever did, or could.
Jesus’ Resurrection Was Unique
While they were traveling together in Galilee, Jesus told them, “The Son of Man will be betrayed and handed over to people. They will kill him, but on the third day he will be brought back to life.”
After his death Jesus showed the apostles a lot of convincing evidence that he was alive. For 40 days he appeared to them and talked with them about God’s kingdom.... After he had said this, he was taken to heaven. A cloud hid him so that they could no longer see him. They were staring into the sky as he departed. Suddenly, two men in white clothes stood near them. They asked, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking at the sky? Jesus, who was taken from you to heaven, will come back in the same way that you saw him go to heaven.”
Acts 1:3, 9-11
All humans are mortal, and every other person raised after death would eventually die again. Unlike others, Jesus was not surprised by his resurrection, but predicted it would happen. He talked, walked, breathed, and ate with his followers for 40 days after rising again. Literally hundreds of people saw Jesus alive after his death on the cross. Jesus then ascended to heaven, and now lives at God’s right hand. His resurrection was unique because no one else can claim such complete victory over death.
In the Bible, you will encounter all that God has revealed about this most unique man—Jesus.
Through his birth, life, death, and resurrection, Jesus made eternal life a certainty for everyone who believes in him.
Look deeper and find new life in Jesus, the most unique man ever.
Adapted from the forward to The Life of Jesus, by Dr. Woodrow Kroll