During this time of the year, it is not unusual to see many manger scenes portraying the arrival of Christ. But who is this man named Jesus? Why is it that many people still follow this man even after two thousand years? Is He really any different than Buddha, Mohammad or Krishna? What is so distinctly different about this man named Jesus?
Many people will discuss and ask the question “who is Jesus?” In fact, Jesus himself asked this same question of His disciples. “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” (Matt. 16:13) The disciples answered, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” The disciples responded this way because some people during that time thought John the Baptist, after his death was reincarnated in Jesus. Some believed Jesus was Elijah from Malachi 4. Others considered Him to be the return of Jeremiah, because it is stated in the Apocrypha that Jeremiah would return to the earth to restore the Ark and alter to the Temple. And some thought he was a prophet, because of His supernatural powers. But after these considerations, Jesus asked Peter pointedly, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Even today many will ask the question, who is Jesus? What makes Him distinct from others in the past that have claimed to know the truth? During this Christmas season contemplate His birth. “Here, then, is the man from Nazareth, who claimed that His origin was from heaven and that His Father is none other than God Himself. A Son not born out of physical consummation, not out of a need for communion but the consummate expression of God in the flesh, in eternal communion with the Father His birth was not by natural means. This cannot be said of Mohammed, Krishna, or Buddha.” 
Another distinction lies in the message of Jesus. All the teachers in History point to a particular teaching or show some particular way, but there is a division between the teaching and the person. It was “Mohammed, to the Koran, Buddha, to the Noble Path and Krishna, to his philosophizing. It is not Buddha who delivers you; it is his Noble Truths that instruct you. It is not Mohammed who transforms you; it is the beauty of the Koran that woos you. By contrast, Jesus did not teach or expound His message. He was identical with His message. Jesus did not just proclaim the truth. He said, ‘I am the truth’. He did not just show a way, He said, ‘I am the Way.’ He did not just open up vistas, He said ‘I am the door’. He said, I am the Good Shepherd, I am the Resurrection and the life.”
You see today even in our city people will try to define who Jesus is. C.S. Lewis, said one must recognize that Jesus was either a lunatic, a liar or He was telling the truth. It cannot be that there is another truth, if Jesus is the truth, there cannot be another way, if Jesus is the way. One cannot have life in another, if Jesus is the life. Returning to where we started, Jesus is distinct. So, who do you say He is?
 Zacharias, Ravi. Jesus Among Other Gods. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008.