The Mustard Seed
by Pastor Ron Friedrich
Why did Jesus call Himself "the Son of Man?"
Was He just being humble?
No, it is exactly the opposite of what you think it means.
Today our western culture reads that title "Son of Man" and we mistakenly think that Jesus was just affirming His human nature. Wrong! Jewish people in Bible times understood clearly what that title means. And they understood that when Jesus called Himself "the Son of Man," He was claiming that He was the promised Messiah, true God in the flesh, the eternal Savior for the world.
The title "Son of Man" comes from the Old Testament prophet Daniel. In Daniel 7:13-14 (NIRV) we read, "In my vision I saw one who looked like a Son of Man. He was coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Eternal God. And He was given authority, glory and a kingdom. People of all nations, no matter what language they spoke, worshiped Him. His authority will last forever. It will not pass away. His kingdom will never be destroyed." When Jesus called Himself "the Son of Man," Jesus identified Himself as the one that Daniel saw in his vision. And people who heard Jesus understood what He meant. Here are two examples:
Jesus asked a man that He healed, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
The man answered, "Who is He, sir? Tell me, so I can believe in Him."
Jesus said, "You have now seen Him. In fact, He is the one speaking with you now."
The man said, "Lord, I believe!" And then the man worshiped Jesus. (John 9:35-38)
During His trial, the high priest commanded Jesus, "Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God."
Jesus answered by quoting Daniel, "From now on, you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One. You will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven." The court understood exactly what Jesus meant. They accused Him of blasphemy (lying about God) and they condemned Him to death. (Matthew 26:63-67)