The Son of Man
Hebrews 2:9-10 “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
I did not for a long time, understand why the Lord Jesus called Himself the Son of Man….
…my thinking was influenced by the world….I thought….
“Show Yourself as the Son of God…let people know Your the Messiah….keep before them how great You are….and they will believe.”
(Wow! even looking at it, I wonder how I could have thought this way….for God’s Ways of doing things are not like this at all.
Belief does not come by manifestation of power…..but by revelation of Christ Jesus to our hearts.)
Jesus was the Son of Man from Eternity Past…..by the Covenant He made (called the Everlasting Covenant, Hebrews 13:20-21)….concerning the plan of our Salvation.
When He said the Son of Man, He was referring to this great contract about the purpose of God….for man’s redemption….
…..for from eternity past, the Godhead knew the need for man’s salvation from sin….and that would be through the Son of Man.
As man, He had to live a perfect life.
As the perfect man, He had to die a sacrificial death for all.
(Romans 5:17-18 “For if by one man’s offense death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Therefore as by the offense of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.”
This was the work of the Son of Man…..and He fulfilled it.)
There are many aspects of Christ being the Son of Man which is amazing.
HIs understanding of our situation…today….is of course divine,…yet it is also because He walked here.
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an high priest which can not be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”
He was sometimes hungry, often tired or weary, seeing the worst cases of illness and disease, both spiritually and physically…..waiting on others, explaining His Words again and again.
Though the Son of Man was a postition of humility and service, yet He had joy, and rejoiced in the Father’s Will. (Matthew 11:25-26 “…I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth….Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in Thy sight.”)
And He wanted His disciples and us to receive His joy. (John. 15:11 )
John 17:13 “And now come I to Thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.”
Though walking in a world which rejected Him…..yet He never stopped amid temptations and trouble….till He had finished the work of His Father’s plan of redemption. (“It is finished” John 19:30)
And He calls us to do the same…..finish our work…..”If any man will, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” (Matthew 16:24)
Hebrews 1:8-9 “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy kingdom.
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness, above Thy fellows.”
“Oil of gladness” is a name for the Holy Spirit (Psalm 45:6-7)
How that should make us think about the joy Christ had…even here, in His humility…..looking forward to fulfilling the Salvation Plan for everyone of us….
…redeeming us from our sin, and giving us His life, HIs peace, and His joy.
John 15:11 “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”
….. the joy we should have, because we have received this “oil of gladness” or the Holy Spirit, too.
Romans 14:17 “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”
Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Eighty-three times in the gospels, once in Acts, and twice in Revelation…Jesus Christ is seen as the Son of Man.
It is a testimony of God’s great purpose for us….as man….
…..to be saved and brought back to Him,….in heart, mind and will….in life and purpose….and joy.
And it is encouragement to fulfill our own ministry of….”…righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.”….for His sake.