Son of Man (11/30/13)

Read: Daniel 7:1-28, 1 John 1:1-10, Psalm 119:153-176, Proverbs 28:23-24

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.

14 thoughts on “Son of Man (11/30/13)

    • Muhammad was right to claim Jesus was a prophet. But he was wrong in claiming Jesus was only a prophet. Jesus was much more. He was God. He made this claim for Himself over and over again. If Jesus was lying or mistaken when He made this claim then He would have been a false prophet. If Jesus was a false prophet, then Muhammad would have been wrong in claiming Jesus a prophet. Either way, whether Jesus false or true, Muhammad was wrong.

      • Is there a statement of Jesus that he is the God?
        Mention the phrase told us where he was God.
        Well if you read about Islam, so you know the truth
        I pray God to guide you

      • Mankind cannot be god, Please think deeply and ask your heart and mind what you will find mankind human cannot be God, Allah is the only god for all of us, Jesus PBUH is only the messenger of god

  1. Daniel 7 is an awesome revelation of the Father Son and Holy Spirit being manifested; i was struck by the unity even in OT and came to the realization the word of God never changes and is revealed to us when we search.

  2. Lord, help us to see You as big as You really are, not some “whittled down, manageable version.” Help us to present You accurately to those around us, and to shine Your light daily.

    Thanks, BJ!


  3. I was raised as a Lutheran and am officially a member of First Lutheran Church in Red Wing, MN (where I live) so if I had to pick a religion, it would be Christianity. However, I consider myself spiritual rather than religious so I’m not going to dispute which religion has the best version of God. What matters is how a person treats A) other sentient beings and B) themselves, with the emphasis on A). So I don’t really care how a person develops a strong sense of morals and ethics as long as they treat others as they would have people treat them. That’s really what it comes down to. If a strong belief in Jesus/Christianity helps you achieve that, then that’s important for you .If Islam or Buddhism helps you achieve that, then you should practice those belief systems, although the latter is less a religion and closer to a true system of spirituality as Buddhism transcends a personal god.

    I don’t feel compelled to save other people. I try to help others find the truth about their own lives by giving them inspiration, motivation and (as I see it) spiritual insights I’ve gained from personal experience (including tragedy, my wife Amy of over 19 years died from long-term alcohol abuse at the age of 41 and I had a near-death-experience shortly thereafter when I quit drinking).

  4. Hi all
    How Human being can be a God, that is shame full
    Jesus (ISSE) and Mohamed are Prophets of ALLAH who created all over the world.

    Try to know about what you heard.


  5. RE: Jesus and the Son of Man – an excerpt from a commentary on the Book of John I wrote a few years ago for a course – perhaps a different twist to consider?

    “John writes that not only in the beginning the ‘Word was with God’, but also that ‘the Word was God’. Was Jesus God? Jesus certainly never spoke of himself as God, a concept that would likely would have shocked and dismayed him. Jesus never openly spoke of himself as the Son of God, but even if he were the Son of God, surely the Son of God is not God? Besides, both John and Jesus must have been familiar with messianic tradition that clearly states that the Messiah is the Son of Man, not the Son of God and, throughout the Gospels, Jesus does speak of himself as the Son of Man.

    In John’s time, the Pharisee mystics expounded the idea of the Son of Man as an archetypal ‘Heavenly Man’ – the image of God. This archetypal figure, also known as Adam Kadmon, is the cosmic blueprint for all mankind. Logos has been equated with this eternal image of man and God. ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him’ (Genesis 1:27).
    These mystics also believed that for everything on earth there is a heavenly counterpart and vice versa – ‘as above, so below’. Thus the heavenly archetypal man – the ‘Son of Man’ – would act as the ‘Messiah Above’, while a human counterpart would act as the ‘Messiah Below’. Referring to the Word of God, John writes that ‘all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made’. It’s hard to imagine that he meant that all things were made through Jesus Christ the mortal man, but it makes perfect sense that all things are made through Adam Kadmon, the eternal image of God.

    But Adam Kadmon is not only the archetypical image of God and the Son of God, but of all men. If Adam Kadmon is the equivalent of Logos, the ‘Word of God’, then the awesome truth is that not only did God send his only Son, full of grace and truth, to dwell among us (as the usual translations go), but also in us, as it literally says in the original Greek. “

  6. The picture of the ‘Son of Man’ in Daniel ascending to God in clouds is reminiscent of the high priest entering the holy place in clouds if incense to atone for the nations sins on the Day of Atonement. As Christ does this in the heavenly sanctuary he not only receives universal authority but makes way for His disciples to share in that spiritual kingdom authority with Him.

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