Who Is This Man?

“And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:35-41)

In Mark 4:35-41 we read the story of Jesus calming the sea. The King James puts it like this in verse 41, “What manner of man is this … ?” Other versions read, “Who can this be …?” The question is, who is he? That’s the same question that Jesus asked his disciples one day, when in Mark 8:27 he said to them, “Whom do men say that I am?” Their answer was, “John the Baptist: but some [say], Elias; and others, One of the prophets.” Then Jesus asked them again, “But whom say ye that I am?” This time Simon Peter spoke up, and responded, “Thou art the Christ” (the Holy One sent from God). In Matthew’s gospel, we get a further glimpse of how that conversation went. After Simon confessed Jesus as being the Christ, he also added, “the Son of the living God” (Matthew 16:16c). Jesus responded by saying, “Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:17b).

Who is this man? Is he just a man? If so, we are all idolaters, focusing on just one man at the exclusion of God himself. But Christians focus on Jesus for a reason. In the book of Revelation, the apostle John made a mistake when, after seeing a glorious vision, he fell down to worship at the feet of an angel (maybe he mistakenly thought it was Jesus in all his radiance). But the angel responded, “See [thou do it] not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” (Revelation 22:9) The angel rebuked John because he was not the right one to worship! He clearly said in that verse, “worship God!” Again, when Cornelius tried to worship Peter in Acts chapter 10, Peter rebuked him, saying, “Stand up; I myself also am a man.” (Acts 10:26b)

But Luke 24:52 says of the disciples, that they “worshipped [Jesus]”. There was no rebuke. And again in John 9:38, it says of the man for whom Jesus has restored his sight, “And he worshipped [Jesus]”. Again, there is no rebuke! Instead, Jesus affirmed him in the very next verse, saying that not only his physical eyes, but his spiritual eyes has been opened! “And Jesus said, ‘For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.'”

Who is this man? And who do you say that he is? Is he just a man, as even some religious people claim? Or was he, and is he, God himself? Your answer shapes and forms the direction of your entire life. If you say that he is God, and you worship him as such, you will have joined the ranks of millions that, according to Scripture, have their names written down in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 21:27). If you say that he is just a man and reject his claims, you will have simply remained in the ranks of yet millions of others that, according to Scripture, will forever be lost and have their place in the eternal lake of fire (Revelation 20:15).

For, according to Scripture, not to make a decision is to have already made a decision not to believe. The one who makes a decision passes over from “death to life” (John 5:24) and yet the one who does not make a decision is already condemned. “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” (John 3:18) Your answer to the question, and what you do with it, indeed shapes and forms the direction of your entire life, not only in this life, but in the life to come.

Whom is this man? Who do you say that he is? And have you passed over from “death” to “life” yet?

“For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all [men] should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.” (John 5:22-24)