Jesus as "the son of Man"
February 20, 2007 9:02am CST
Throughout the Gospels, Jesus calls himself "The Son of Man". I don't understand this. Isn't he the Son of God and not the Son of Man? ARen't WE the sons (and daughers) of man? Can someone please tell me what this means or if I am misunderstanding? thanks
20 Feb 07
Jesus is the Son of God as well as the Son of Man. By the way, the title Son of God does not necessarily imply that Jesus is divine. Of course Jesus is divine, but we come to that conclusion not because Jesus claimed to be son of God. The Son of Man also does not necessarily imply that Jesus was human. Of course, he was fully human. But we come to that conclusion not necessarily because He claimed to be the son of Man. The son of man is title that Jesus for himself many times. If one looks up Daniel 7:13,14 we shall see that this son of man was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him. And his dominion will never pass away. Being a Rabbi well versed in the Old Testament Jesus would know that when he used this title for himself he was referring to the one that Daniel talked about. And this description about the son of man does not fit any ordinary man. It has to be one chosen by the Ancient of Days. We are sons (and daughters) of man, but not son( or daughter) like the one Daniel talked about in his book.
20 Feb 07
This is an interesting question. When we talk about Jesus, we always think of Him as God, but He is not just God, He is also truely human. He came down to earth not as God, but as a baby like you and me. However He is also truely God, therefore in the Gospels, Jesus is known as son of man and son of God.