As my vision continued that night, I saw someone like a son of man coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. He was given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him. His rule is eternal—it will never end. His kingdom will never be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14)
Relate: “Son of Man”. That is the phrase Jesus likes to use when He is talking about himself. In the 28 chapters of Matthew the phrase is used 28 times. Each time, Jesus is using it and He is talking about himself. He does the same 14 times in the 16 chapters of Mark, 27 times in Luke’s 24 chapters and the phrase appears 13 times in John. The best part is, the phrase seems to pop up most frequently when Jesus is talking about his second coming.
I can only imagine how annoyed the Pharisees got when Jesus used the phrase, “Son of Man”. I often hear people saying that when using this, Jesus is displaying his solidarity with the rest of humanity. That is less than half true. The greater half is that this phrase is also a title of divinity. By using this phrase in this way, His opponents cannot stone him outright for blasphemy. But they know that Jesus is claiming himself to be the one who is “given authority, honor, and sovereignty over all the nations of the world, so that people of every race and nation and language would obey him.”
React: I am not a big fan of this:
I hear people say things like, “That’s not the kind of God I serve”, “To me God (Jesus) is…”, or “I’m spiritual but not religious”. There is an absolute truth. Jesus is it. He’s not some cool guy who will pat us on the back and affirm us when we are wallowing in sin. He isn’t some prophet or political Zealot to be overshadowed by Mohammed a few centuries later. He is not some overbearing authoritarian ready to “bring the hammer” the second we fall into sin. And what he absolutely, definitely is not is something I can mold or manage to suit my own purposes or for my own emotional well being. He rules me, not me Him.
Maranatha! God, come quickly. Until that day, help me to be about Your Kingdom. Help me to to present, a bite sized, manageable version of You. Help me not to envision a small minded, easily manageable version of You. Enlarge my eyes. Help me to see You more, for who You are. Rule in me as You will one day rule over all.