The Son of Man has been exalted to the highest rule and authority because of his sacrifice. He reigns as the Son of Man over God’s kingdom. We are now called to bow the knee because Jesus alone is Lord.
The “Son of Man” was one of Jesus’ favorite titles while on earth, appearing eighty-one times in the Gospels. He repeatedly referred to himself in that way. We see in Mark 10:45: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” The Jewish audience would have heard clear references to the Old Testament. This title comes from Daniel 7:
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 7:14-15).
But what does this title actually mean about who Jesus was? What does it tell us about his work in saving us? We can see three things about how he fulfilled this OldTestament prophecy.
1.Coming on the Clouds of Salvation
By the Father’s love, the Son of Man freely lays his life down, drawing all people to himself in his death and resurrection. Christ’s rule as king begins with his suffering on our behalf. Most kings send their servants to die for them in battle, but not so with Jesus.
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