We know that Jesus was a great teacher and a good man. But his claim to be God is unmistakable. If the accounts in the New Testament Gospels are actually true, we must come to grips with the question, “Is Jesus actually the Son of God?” and “Is he really the Messiah?”
According to my Life Application Study Bible, Son of Man was Jesus’ favorite reference to himself during his time on earth. But, why? Out of all the glorious traits Jesus possesses, why would he favor this name that includes our imperfect humanity? My Study Bible notes: “It emphasized his humanity—but the way he used it, it was a claim to divinity.”
In Jesus, we see the perfect revelation of God. “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty of heaven”, (Hebrews 1:3).
Although Jesus and his Father are not the same person, they are one in nature and essence. Before Jesus’ trial and crucifixion, He prayed for his disciples and for us, future believers. He asked God the Father that we may be one, “just as you are in me and I am in you” (John 17:21).
John 17:24 continues Jesus’ prayer, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
Son of Man. God. Human. And exactly what I need. Listen to Pastor Cliff Purcell’s podcast as he shares scripture about Jesus the Son of Man, Trans-Fi-What? (March 10, 2019). Wishing you a great week!