What Child Is This?
When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask
him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?”
Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:
The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor.
Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.”
It is one thing to say that the child born in Bethlehem was God incarnate; it is quite another to establish it beyond a reasonable doubt. To do so, we must demonstrate Jesus to be the sinless, supernatural Savior of humanity.
First, Christ is the only human who ever demonstrated the credential of sinlessness. While the Qur’an exhorts Muhammad to seek forgiveness for his sins or faults (40:55; 47:19; cf. 48:1–3), the Bible exonerates Messiah, saying Jesus “had no sin” (2 Corinthians 5:21). And this is no singular statement. John declares, “And in him is no sin” (1 John 3:5), and Peter says Jesus “committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). Jesus Himself went so far as to challenge His antagonists asking, “Can any of you prove me guilty of sin?” ( John 8:46).
Furthermore, Jesus demonstrated supernatural authority over sickness, the forces of nature, fallen angels, and even death itself. Matthew 4 records that Jesus went throughout Galilee teaching, preaching, “and healing every disease and sickness among the people” (v. 23). Mark 4 documents Jesus rebuking the winds and the waves saying, “Quiet! Be still!” (v. 39). In Luke 4 Jesus encounters a man possessed by an evil spirit and commands the demon to “Come out of him!” (v. 35). And in John 4, Jesus tells the royal official whose son was close to death, “Your son will live” (v. 50). In fact, the four Gospel writers all records that Jesus demonstrated ultimate power over death through the immutable fact of His resurrection.
Finally, the credentials of Christ’s deity are seen in the lives of countless men, women, and children. Each day, people of every tongue and tribe and nation experience the Christ of Christmas by repenting of their sins and receiving Him as Lord and Savior of their lives. Thus, they not only come to know about Christ evidentially, but experientially as Christ becomes more real to them than the very flesh on their bones.
What Child is this? None other than the sinless, supernatural Savior “who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried . . . the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.”