In the New Testament there are many instances which reveal that Jesus had the supernatural ability to know others completely even when meeting them for the first time. I believe this is a really important aspect of Jesus’ divine nature because only God has that kind of knowledge. If Jesus were merely a prophet, and not the messiah, he would not have this ability.
Here are a few of the scriptures that reveal this quality in Jesus:
John 1:42: “And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.”
John 1:47: “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!”
John 4:29 (The Woman at the Well): “Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?”
John 6:61: “When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?”
John 6:64: “But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.”
It is fascinating to explore what exactly it is about Jesus that makes Him unique. In a previous blog post, which I wrote several years ago, I suggested that Jesus was very human but not divine in any unique way. I wrote that aspects of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection were miraculous, but that there are many other figures in scripture through whom God worked similar miracles.
But this supernatural attribute of knowing everything about a person is unique to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. I believe this sets Jesus apart from the other prophets, and demonstrates His divinity; Jesus is fully God and fully human.
What makes Jesus unique? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below…