PART 2: WHO JESUS IS? SON OF MAN
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY?
Daniel 7:13-14 “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.
Mark 10:45 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."
John 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.
The title ‘Son of Man’ refers to Jesus’ humanity, but it certainly does not deny His divinity. As we look deeper in Scripture, we will find that Jesus was both fully God and fully man. And even though He ceased to obtain the FULL power and glory of His divinity when He came to earth, He did not cease being the Son of God. But because He loved us beyond His life, He chose to identify Himself as a human just like you and I, in order to save us from death.
Fully God. Fully human. He is the Son of God, in that he has always existed. He always has, and he always will. He is the Second Person of the Trinity with all of the divine nature fully in Him. HE IS THE SON OF MAN! HE IS SON OF GOD!
The term the Son of Man occurs in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John over 80 times. And the majority of those times it is Christ's own description of Himself, and it is the term that links Him to humanity and shows His intimate and positive relationship to the human race. Jesus Christ called Himself the Son of Man to show His oneness and love and sympathy with His people.
Read: Philippians 2.5-8.
What form, or nature, did Jesus have before he became a man? (v. 6)
What do these verses tell you about Jesus the man? Read John 13.15-17.
Do you believe we can truly follow the example of Jesus? Why or why not?
When Jesus was on earth with the disciples, He asked them a simple yet profound question. At that time, many had their own opinions of who this man Jesus was. Even today, many have their own opinions of who Jesus is. But I believe Jesus asked them in order to give them an opportunity to expose the true level of their faith. They begin to say what others thought who He was. But Peter’s bold response captured Jesus' attention. And Jesus responds back to Peter, "Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 16:17). God had opened Peter's eyes to see who Jesus truly was, and when presented with this question, Peter was able to confidently state his belief.
Many of today’s great religions acknowledge Jesus as just an important figure, and don’t really have the revelation of who He actually was and still is.
Who do you say the Son of Man is?
How do you feel knowing that Jesus has been through all the struggles we have faced or will be facing? And how do you think you will react in your next struggle? (Hebrews 4.15-16)
How do I live what I’ve learned?
How has this study shaped your hope in the Son of Man?