19th April 2020

Do You Believe in the Son of Man?

“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. 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)

After Jesus heals a man born blind in John 9, he poses a question to him, using a phrase we see many times in the gospels: “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” Jesus uses this term ‘the Son of Man’ 81 times in the gospels to describe himself—more than any other term. Yet it still confuses most of us. It first appears in Daniel 7, written centuries before, in which the prophet describes a vision where apocalyptic beasts are coming out of the sea and wreaking havoc. All through the Old Testament, this image describes people and empires who’ve given themselves over to sin and become enemies of God. But this monstrosity is defeated.

So this title is one given to the figure who defeats the beasts of sin and is enthroned at the right hand of God. Knowing this helps unlock some of Jesus’ other statements. The High Priest demands to know if he is the Christ. Jesus replies: “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven” (Mark 14:62). Just as in Daniel’s vision—the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven.

Knowing Jesus is knowing the comforting, close presence of someone who spent his earthly life working with his hands, but also knowing the Son of Man as prince of the universe. He encourages us to love the difficult people in our lives, while at the same time he is spinning the rings of Saturn and keeping the sun burning. It’s a part of our Christian lives we can’t fully understand; we can only behold and worship, the Son of Man.

Holy Father, thank you for helping us to know your Son, one of us but also prince of the universe. In Jesus’ name we pray.

Study presented by Greg Williams

About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Greg Williams is President of Grace Communion International and lives in North Carolina, USA.

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