Saturday, November 25
Jesus was called both “The Son of Man” and “The Son of God.” He laid claim to both of those titles, and gave plenty of evidence to support his claims. He was clearly a man, but the title “Son of Man” had more meaning than just being a member of the human race. The title comes from Daniel 7:13-14. Daniel had a vision in which he saw one like a son of man “coming with the clouds of heaven” and approaching the “Ancient of Days.” This “son of man” was then given authority over all the earth. All men would worship him and his kingdom would be everlasting. This was a prophecy of the coming Messiah, of which the Jewish leaders were well aware. But Jesus was also God. When Moses was at the burning bush and asked who it was that was talking to him, the answer was “I AM.” That’s not exactly a name. In any case, Jesus laid claim to the title, as clearly noted in the gospel of John. I AM the way, the truth, and the life, I AM the good shepherd. I AM the light of the world. I AM the door. . . . Jesus also openly referred to God as his Father, thus claiming to be the “Son of God.” So why did Jesus prefer “The Son of Man” over “The Son of God?” He consistently refers to himself as the “The Son of Man.” This is a hard question to answer. It could be that Jesus didn’t want to give the Jews a legal reason to kill him before his time had come. They were quite aware of his claims, but they needed evidence that would stand up in a Roman court of law—which Jesus was careful not to give them. It was safer to use “The Son of Man,” a more innocuous term that would have little weight in a court. Jesus then orchestrated the events that led to the cross. At his trial he openly and deliberately claimed to be God. His time had come. The “Son of God” and the “Son of Man” was ready to pay our penalty on the cross.