Jesus’s Disciples documented Jesus’s teachings and miracles with the utmost care and reverence. Therefore, every title Jesus gave Himself, not to mention every act that represented His authority as Messiah, was written down for His Church. And what title did Jesus use most?? The answer may not be what you’d expect!
Many might presuppose that “Son of God” was Jesus’s most utilized designation,…but it wasn’t! Instead, what is recorded in the gospels demonstrates that Jesus referred to Himself as the “Son of Man” predominantly. That’s right! Jesus uses “Son of Man” as His title more than 80 times! The title, Son of Man, references Daniel 7 in the Old Testament. This prophetic scripture was emphasizing Jesus’s pre-existence as the 2nd Person of the Trinity. To be more succinct, this passage was declaring His Deity!
Mark 14:60-64 “And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, “Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?” But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?” And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven.” And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need? You have heard his blasphemy. What is your decision?” And they all condemned him as deserving death.”
Matthew 26:63-66 But Jesus remained silent. And the high priest said to him, “I adjure you by the living God, tell us if you are the Christ, the Son of God.” Jesus said to him, “You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his robes and said, “He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard his blasphemy. What is your judgment?” They answered, “He deserves death.”
Daniel 7:13-14 “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.”
Study note: Per Gary Habermas from Biola, “Coming on the clouds” is used over 100 times in scripture and is always a reference to Deity.
Jesus came down to save His creation from sin…Something only God could do. Fully man, as to sacrifice on our behalf (without ever sinning). And fully God…as to provide an eternal rescue from death that only He could gift us. Jesus’s Resurrection made a way back to God for God’s creation. And therefore by believing in Him, we are made new…adopted as children into His Kingdom. Paul chronicled this in 1 Corinthians 15, written possibly less than 10 years after the Resurrection: “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.” This was God’s plan from the very beginning. It is the free gift of His Grace and mercy to us. (Ephesians 2; Romans 5:8) Sisters, please allow Truth to soften your heart. You can stop striving! Put down that religious ladder you’ve been building, rest in the reality that God came down to save you! He not only wants to give you new life, but will, Himself, be your life. Friend, the cross was enough!