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Jesus: Son of Man

KKi M Jesus: Son of Man 22 As they were gathering in Galilee, Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men, 23 and they will kill him, and he will be raised on the third day.” and they were greatly distressed. (Matthew 17:22-23 ESV) Jesus is the Son of Man. 1. Son of Man is a reference to Jesus being a man. 2. Son of Man is a prophetic designation of the Messiah. 13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 and to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14 ESV) Jesus is the one who is given dominion and glory and the eternal kingdom of God. It was essential for the disciples of Jesus to understand that Jesus stood before them as God in human flesh. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 14 and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1, 14 ESV) Jesus, the Son of Man, delivered himself into the hands of men to be killed. The disciples could not understand Jesus’ words and were blinded to their truth and meaning because they were greatly distressed. God understood the weakness of their faith. On the day of the resurrection, he sent an angel with a distinct message to his followers: 6 “He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 7 that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men and be crucified and on the third day rise.” (Luke 24:6-7 ESV) The death of Jesus was ordained; it was the plan from eternity past for the salvation of mankind. That is why Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51), purposed to lay his life down for the sheep (John 10:15) and willingly lays down his life of his own accord. “No one takes it from me. …I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again.” (John 10:18). The disciples couldn’t grasp that Jesus would suffer and die at the hands of evil men. They were so overwhelmed by the temporary loss that they couldn’t hear or understand the eternal gain. We struggle too when we experience loss in the world—sickness, disease, death, financial difficulties, relational pain and brokenness, emotion and physical wounds and suffering. However, in the love of God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. He will use all things, including the brokenness of this world, ultimately for our glory (Romans 8:28, 30). The disciples were having trouble understanding God’s eternal plan because they couldn’t get past the temporary death of Jesus. They needed to know that Jesus’ death and resurrection would be the fulfillment of his ministry. Jesus, the Son of Man, was delivered into the hands of men to be killed, but he was resurrected by God. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the crux of our belief and life. The Lord’s resurrection validates that he is who he claimed to be—Jesus is the Son of Man, who is the Son of God. 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:20-22 ESV) Communion - 26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 and he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Matthew 26:26-28 ESV)

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