How is Jesus greater than all the other great people in history (1)

The Bible presents Jesus as greater than all who ever lived before Him and all who will ever come behind Him. Colossians 1sets out, in no uncertain terms, the doctrine of the supremacy of Christ “in everything” ( Colossians 1:18). Ephesians 1:22says, “God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church.”
Jesus is greater than all creation. As the creator of all things, He would have to be. Jesus proved His supremacy over creation when He calmed the raging storm ( Mark 4:39), multiplied the loaves and fish ( Mark 8:6—9), gave sight to the blind ( Mark 8:22—25), and walked on water ( Mark 6:48). “All things have been created through him and for him” ( Colossians 1:16).
Jesus is greater than Abraham. Father Abrahamwas and still is one of the most respected persons in all of history. Both Jews and Muslims look to Abraham as their father and example of piety. Once, as Jesus was talking to the Jews about their lineage, they asked Him, “Are you greater than our father Abraham?” ( John 8:53). Jesus’ answer was shocking to them: “Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad. . . . Very truly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I am!” ( John 8:56, 58).
Jesus is greater than Jacob. Another patriarch was Jacob, also named “Israel” by God ( Genesis 32:28). As Jesus conversed with a woman by Jacob’s Well in Samaria, He told her that He could give her “living water” ( John 4:10). Thinking He was referring to some other type of well water, she asked, “Are you greater than our father Jacob?” (verse 12). Jesus replied by contrasting the temporal gift of Jacob with the eternal gift of His own: “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (verses 13–14).
Jesus is greater than Moses. There is likely no Old Testament prophet more respected than Moses. He was the lawgiver, the emancipator of Israel, and a worker of miracles. Moses had the unique privilege of speaking to God “face to face, as one speaks to a friend” ( Exodus 33:11). Before he died, Moses commanded the Israelites to watch for the coming of another Prophet who would bear some resemblance to Moses: “You must listen to him” ( Deuteronomy 18:15). Jesus fulfilled the Law ( Matthew 5:17), emancipated us from sin and death ( Romans 8:2), and was definitely a worker of miracles ( Acts 2:22). Hebrews 3:3says that “Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses.”
Jesus is greater than David. In Jesus’ day a common title for the Messiah was “ Son of David” (see Matthew 9:27). The Jews’ use of this term signified their belief, based on prophecy, that the Messiah would be of David’s lineage ( 2 Samuel 7:16). In a dialogue in the temple, Jesus quotes Psalm 110:1, pointing out that David calls the Messiah “my Lord” ( Matthew 22:45). The Son of David, therefore, is greater than David and has a lineage greater than an earthly line of royalty.
Jesus is greater than Solomon. King Solomonwas unrivaled in wisdom, wealth, power, and prestige ( 1 Kings 10:23–24). Monarchs from around the world visited Jerusalem during Solomon’s reign and paid him homage. Yet Jesus said, “Now someone greater than Solomon is here” ( Matthew 12:42, NLT).
Jesus is greater than Jonah. The prophet Jonahwas instrumental in one of the greatest revivals in history. Under his preaching, the whole city of Nineveh repented of their sin and turned to God for mercy. A nation infamous for its idolatry and savagery humbled themselves in God’s eyes and turned from their paganism. Yet Jesus said, “Now someone greater than Jonah is here” ( Matthew 12:41, NLT).
Jesus is greater than John the Baptist. Jesus said that John the Baptistwas “more than a prophet” and “there is no one greater than John” ( Luke 7:26, 28). Indeed, John was the final prophet of the Old Testament age, he fulfilled Malachi 3:1, and he evinced a power akin to Elijah’s ( Luke 1:17). But how did John view Jesus? His prediction shows who is greater: “One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals” ( Mark 1:7). In other words, John was not even in the same category as Jesus. John baptized with water, but Jesus would baptize with fire ( Mark 1:8).
Jesus is greater than the temple. The temple in Jerusalem was a glorious place, full of history, meaning, and religious consequence (see Matthew 24:1). Yet Jesus told the Pharisees, “I tell you, there is one here who is even greater than the Temple!” ( Matthew 12:6, NLT). The temple was where the nation’s priests interceded with God, and Jesus’ ministry of intercession is far greater ( Hebrews 8:6).


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