Jesus Christ used the title “Son of man” for himself. It is used 82x in the New Testament (NIV). Most of the references are found in the Gospels—all four of them actually. It occurs only three times in the New Testament outside the Gospels (Acts 7:56; Rev. 1:13; 14:14). The term points to the humanity and servanthood of Christ, but also reflects Daniel’s (7:13 & 14) vision of the son of man as a coming figure of judgment and authority.
According to the Holman Bible Handbook, Jesus used the title Son of man in four different ways: (1) Jesus was simply referring to himself (Matthew 26:24); (2) the Son of Man is one who exercises divine authority (Matthew 9:6); (3) the Son of man fulfills His earthly mission by death and resurrection (Matthew 12:40, 17:9, 12:23); and (4) the Son of man will return in great glory to establish His kingdom (Matthew 16:27-28, 19:28). In this way, Jesus defined who He, the messianic Son of man, is.
Here are some passages to meditate on when considering our Messiah, the Son of man, Jesus Christ.
For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
Here Christ shows us that His greatest act of service was giving His life as the payment for the price of our sin. For us, also, we should desire to serve others above being served.
The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
We may think of Christ’s sacrifice on the cross here. But, His resurrection reveals His glory and his eternal life. By believing in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we, too, can have the same eternal life.
But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.
Here, Jesus has healed a paralyzed man. The teachers of the law accuse Him of blaspheming. But Christ lets them (and us) know that He has the power to forgive and the power to heal. He still has the power to forgive (if we but ask) and the power to heal.
So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come
at an hour when you do not expect him.
We are not to worry about the exact date or time when Jesus will return, our emphasis should be on being ready, at all times.
I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God.
No better reason to be bold in our witness. By our actions and our words, we need to show others Jesus Christ. Because when we do, he tells the angels about us!
No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.
Christ came down out of His home in heaven to live among us for a brief time. After His resurrection and 40 more days on earth, He went back to His home to sit at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us. Jesus is our only way to heaven. He became the connection between heaven and earth.
Here is a song, an oldie, but fits so well with my Lenten theme of Names of Christ:
Names of Christ #1–Lamb of God.
Those are my thoughts for today.