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. (Daniel 7:13-14 NIV)
Relate: After reading Daniel 7:13-14, I have just a few quick questions: 1) If the Ancient of Days is God then who is the “one like a son of man”? 2) Can anyone besides God receive worship? 3) So if the son of man is God then who is the Ancient of Days.
Of course those three questions are easy for the Christian of today to answer but I do have two more to add just to keep things interesting. 4) How would the religious leaders and teachers from the time of Daniel up until the time of Jesus have answered those three questions? And finally: 5) How much did it grate on Jesus’ critics when He used the phrase “son of man” over and over again to refer to Himself?
Growing up we had a set of questions called the Bible Fact Pack. These questions have been used for competitive Junior Bible Quiz competitions but also as random time killers, informal Sunday School review, etc. These questions taught me that “Son of Man” was Jesus’ title of humanity and “Son of God” was His title of divinity. These questions were wrong, and I was probably about ten or eleven years old when I first realized this truth and argued it quite loudly anywhere and every time that question came up.
React: The truth is, both titles refer to both. Jesus was… is fully God and fully man. In our attempt to explain this sometimes we almost sound like He had split personalities or even two separate entities inhabiting one body. No. He is 100% both simultaneously, inseparably. He is fully God who clothed Himself and walked among us as a demonstration of His love for us. He is fully man who has received from the Father the power and worship that belongs only to God. This is exactly what Daniel is telling us.
There are those that say when they get to heaven they will eagerly jump into the arms of their loving Savior. There are others who say no chance of that. When they get to heaven they will fall on their face and tremble before the unveiled glory of their Lord. Which group is right? Yes.
God, You are glorious. As the Son of Man, being fully both, You have been given all authority, glory, and sovereign power. Let me now join men from every nation, tribe and tongue as well as all of creation in bowing down to worship You in reverence. You are my God. You are my friend. You alone are worthy of my everything.