What makes Jesus different from all the other religious leaders who ever lived, as you Christians say He was? I know He was a great man, and I respect His teachings, but other major religious leaders were just as great, in my opinion. — C.B.
Yes, Christians do believe that Jesus was different from every other religious leader who has ever lived or ever will live—and with good reason. Let me explain why.
You see, the Bible—which is our only reliable source of information about Jesus—makes it very clear that Jesus was more than just another religious teacher or prophet. It tells us instead that Jesus was unique—in other words, that He wasn't like any other religious leader who has ever lived.
How was Jesus unique? First, He was unique in His person. He wasn't just an unusually spiritual individual. He was more than that: He was God in human flesh. Yes, He was fully man—but He was also fully God. The Bible puts it this way: "For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form" (Colossians 2:9). This is what we celebrated at Christmas.
Second, Jesus was unique in His purpose. Why did He come to earth? He came for one reason: to save us from our sins. As Jesus Himself said, "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (Luke 19:10). He did this by becoming the final sacrifice for our sins through His death on the cross.
How do I know this is true? I know it because Jesus did something no other person has ever done: He rose from the dead. I invite you to look at Jesus as He is presented in the pages of the New Testament—and then to commit your life to Him.