During Albert Einstein’s second visit to the United States in 1931, he arranged a meeting at Universal Studios in Los Angeles to meet Charlie Chaplin. Einstein was an avid film buff and Chaplin was pleased to oblige the famous scientist. They soon became friends and Chaplin invited Einstein to the world premiere of his movie, City Lights, in 1931. Meeting the admiring crowd and press, Einstein was befuddled over why everyone was so enthralled with the two of them. Chaplin quipped, “They’re cheering us both. You because nobody understands you, and me because everybody understands me.”
Historians may differ when these two great men had this conversation but the gist of the sentiment is the same in all versions. While Chaplin’s quotation may seem fatuous, many apply the same reasoning to Jesus Christ. Thousands were drawn to Him but few understood who He really was. To his followers and friends, He was a great teacher, a prophet, and a miracle worker. To His detractors and enemies, He was a charlatan, a fraud, and a blasphemer. Some cheered Him because they thought He was the Messiah. Some cheered Him because they believed he would overthrow the Roman government and re-establish the Jewish kingdom.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Matthew 16:13-16 (ESV)
Like Albert and Charlie, through the centuries, people have cheered Jesus but few have truly understood who He is. The Bible is absolutely clear on this point. Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. He is God incarnate!
And now that we know the truth, we should cheer Jesus Christ with every fiber of our being!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.