To end our discussion of the names of Jesus, we come to third most frequently used name of Jesus in the Bible, the Son of Man.
Many critics of Jesus claim that His divine reputation came from the opinions of those around Jesus rather than Jesus Himself. Yet, this cannot be true, because while this is the third most frequent name or title attributed to Jesus in the Bible after Christ and Lord, Son of Man is the name Jesus uses the most when speaking of Himself. So of all the things Jesus prefers to be called, nothing is higher than Son of Man. This refutes the critics who think Jesus’ divinity was made up by others and not Jesus Himself because Jesus’ favorite name for Himself was Son of Man.
Some people think the name Son of Man refers to a humble or creaturely image Jesus wanted to portray, as if Jesus preferred Himself to be thought of as just a son of another man, this is not the case. We see this in the pinnacle text of Daniel 7:13-14 where we find the majestic and exalted definition of the name Son of Man.
Daniel 7:13-14 says, ‘I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and He came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him; His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.’
See the glory in this text. The Son of Man is one who comes to the Father, called here the Ancient of Days, and receives dominion, glory, and a kingdom, for the express purpose that all peoples and nations would ‘serve’ (which in Hebrew could also be translated as – worship) Him. The Son of Man is not only given all these things, but it says after this that His kingdom shall be everlasting, it shall not pass away, and shall not be destroyed. This is no humble or creaturely designation is it? No, it’s nothing short of a supreme and sovereign title.
R.C. Sproul comments on this passage saying, ‘In the New Testament usage of this title, the Son of Man is a heavenly person who descends to earth, and He represents nothing less than the authority of God. He comes to bring judgment to the world because He embodies the divine visitation, the day of the Lord. Therefore, this is an exalted title given uniquely to Jesus in the New Testament. As you read through the Scriptures and come upon this title, look at its context, and you will begin to see that it is a majestic and exalted designation for Jesus.’
So see in the names of Jesus, more than just names, see His character. Jesus is the Christ, Jesus is Lord, and Jesus is the Son of Man.
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