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Son of Man

Jesus referred to Himself a the Son of Man.

He deliberately chose this title to conceal and reveal eternal truths about Himself. No other title used by Jesus of Himself so clearly testifies to His messianic self-consciousness.

In Ezekiel the expression "Son of Man" is used more than ninety times by God addressing the prophet (Ezek. 2:1; 3:1, etc.). In this most basic usage it simply means an indefinite expression for "a man." The phrase brings out the humanity, weakness, and frailty of the prophet in contrast to the infinite glory, strength, and knowledge of the LORD God.

However, Jesus used this title when He made many of His strongest statements revealing His deity.

"Son of Man" was a Messianic title. Jesus took a well-known title and filled it with rich new meanings that revealed the work of the Messiah and His superhuman claims.

There is no doubt Jesus had in mind Daniel 7:13-14 when He referred to Himself as the son of Man. "I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which will not pass away; and His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed" (Daniel 7:13-14). 

Jesus used the expression "Son of Man" as the first person singular pronoun "I" when referring to Himself (Mk. 2:10, 28; Lk. 9:58; 7:34; Matt. 11:19; 16:13). In these and other passages Jesus tells His listeners that He has extraordinary authority over men, authority to forgive sins, authority over the Sabbath, and equality with God.

"The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many" reveals the central purpose of His becoming man (Mark 10:45; cf. Matt. 20:28).

"The Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost" (Lk. 19:10) foretells in considerable detail His coming betrayal, condemnation, death and resurrection (Mk. 8:31; 9:12, 31; 10:33-34; 14:21, 44, 41; Matt. 26:2; 17:12, 22; 16:21; Lk. 22:48; 24:7).

The resurrection from the dead vindicated Jesus as the Son of Man. It proved all of the claims Jesus made as the Son of Man. His death without the resurrection from the dead three days later would have put an end to the whole idea of Jesus being anything more than a mere human being. Jesus said, "For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40).

The ultimate triumph and glory of the Messiah must first be fulfilled by the Suffering Servant of the LORD. "The Son of Man is going as it has been determined" (Luke 22:22; cf. Acts 2:22-24; Mk. 9:9). The shadow of the cross was always before Him.

Jesus used the title Son of Man to reveal Himself as glorified deity. It declares His own prophetic vision of His vindication and glorification. Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you, that you who have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of Man will sit on His glorious throne, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel" (Matthew 19:28). "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory" (Matthew 24:30; cf. Mk. 13:20; 14:62). 

Judgment will come upon all who reject the Son of Man. "For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels" (Mark 8:38).

Jesus is coming to this earth again (Matt. 16:27-28; 24:27, 30, 44; Lk. 12:40; 17:29; 18:8).

The Son of Man and the Kingdom of God have come. There is the now and the yet to be as we look forward to the full manifestation of His glory in the consummation.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Come!

Selah!

Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006

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