Sunday Devotional: The Son of Man

Daniel 7:13-14

As the visions during the night continued, I saw
one like a Son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
when he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
the one like a Son of man received dominion, glory, and kingship;
all peoples, nations, and languages serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.

I once took a graduate course in modern Christology from an esteemed theological school.

One thing that baffled me was why Jesus referred to Himself as the “Son of man” instead of who He is, the Son of God. In fact, Jesus referred to Himself as the “Son of man” some 84 times in the New Testament. An example is Matthew 9:6:

But that ye may know that
the Son of man
hath power on earth to forgive sins

So I asked the professor, a scholar and Catholic priest, who, uncharacteristically, said he didn’t know.

But the answer is in the passage above from the Book of Daniel, chapter 7.

Jesus referred to Himself as the “Son of man” to indicate that He is precisely the eschatological figure that the Old Testament had prophesied to come at the end of time, who has “everlasting” “dominion” and “kingship” over “all peoples, nations and languages”.

John 18:36-37

Jesus answered, “My kingdom does not belong to this world.
If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting
to keep me from being handed over to the Jews.
But as it is, my kingdom is not here.”
So Pilate said to him, “Then you are a king?”
Jesus answered, “You say I am a king.
For this I was born and for this I came into the world,
to testify to the truth.
Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.”

Daniel 7 is but one instance in the Old Testament‘s foretelling of the incarnation, persecution, mocking, and death-by-crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God. Other instances include Wisdom 2:12, 17-20; Isaiah 7:14; Numbers 27:14; Micah 5:2; Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 11:12; and Psalm 22:1, 16, 18.

As St. John wrote in Revelation 1:5-8:

Jesus Christ is the faithful witness,
the firstborn of the dead and ruler of the kings of the earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood,
who has made us into a kingdom, priests for his God and Father,
to him be glory and power forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he is coming amid the clouds,
and every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him.
All the peoples of the earth will lament him.
Yes. Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, ” says the Lord God,
“the one who is and who was and who is to come, the almighty.”

But the learned Hebrew scribes and rabbis simply refused to acknowledge that Jesus is the “Son of man” whom their Torah (Old Testament) amply foretold. Not only did they reject Jesus as the Christ, they drove Him out of town, tried to throw Him off a cliff (Luke 4:29), and eventually used proxies to kill Him, who committed no crime, by the most tortuous and cruelest form of execution that the Romans reserved for the worst criminals.

If that isn’t an overreaction on a demonic scale, I don’t know what is.

Note: In psychology, overreaction is defined as a response that is more strongly, over emotional, violent and exaggerated than is necessary or appropriate. Being exaggerated and off-the-scale, overreaction is an irrational response to a stimulus, which points to some underlying dynamics within the individual’s psychology.

No wonder He called them the spawn of Satan.

Jesus, I love You with my whole heart, my whole soul, my whole mind, and with all my strength.

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ our Lord be with you,


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Tim Shey
1 year ago

For many years I have also wondered why Jesus called Himself the “Son of Man”. Jesus called Himself the “Son of Man” because He was 100% human: He was not a human/fallen angel hybrid. A human/fallen angel hybrid could not die on the cross for mankind. Almost sounds like science fiction doesn’t it? The key Scriptures are in Genesis Chapter 6: Genesis 6:4: “There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which… Read more »

1 year ago

~Sunday music~

Walk with the rich
Walk with the poor
Learn from everybody, that’s what life is for
Don’t you ever let nobody
Drag your spirit down
Remember you’re walkin’ up to heaven
Don’t let nobody turn you round

1 year ago

And with Your Spirit. Thank You, Dr. E. all Sunday devotionals have a profound meaning, the message becomes clear when I read it a second time. He was the son of Man but He was not of this world.

Steven Broiles
1 year ago

Yes. And Jesus also said, “They have hated Me without a cause.” Scholar E. Michael Jones quotes the Book of John: “In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was with God. And the Word was God.” This means that Jesus is the Logos, the Word, implying rationality and order. (It also means that the Universe and the World began not out of chaos but commenced with order and design.) Those without Logos are irrational and without Christ. The Illuminati—just like their father the Devil—seek to derive order out of chaos, hence their motto “Ordo Ab Chao”—which is the… Read more »

1 year ago

The three Synoptic Gospels primarily appeal to what we now call “Jews” in that they were written by authors familiar with the Messianic tradition. John’s Gospel was written from the Greek, or “gentile” perspective and not as involved with Hebrew concepts as the others. Those familiar with Hebrew Scriptures would recognize the “Son of Man” reference from the apocryphal books, such as “Daniel”. Jesus too, would have been familiar with this. The Synoptics were primarily concerned with establishing Christ’s coming as fulfillment of the messianic promise. John, not so much. John is written from the “mind of God”. It is… Read more »