On the morning of May 9th, 2020, I awoke and this song verse was in my heart: “and Son of Man” (Fairest Lord Jesus). I felt led of the Spirit to think and write upon this topic.
THE SON OF MAN
It must have been a favorite expression for Himself, Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus Christ). It is used in the four Gospels eighty-one times! It also has an article ‘the’ to differentiate that this is the Son of Man!
IN THE LIKENESS OF MEN
How much was Yeshua like ourselves?
Philippians 2 tells us:
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient….
Yeshua, the King of Kings and LORD of Lords, “became flesh and dwelt among us” as the Son of Man! (John 1:14)
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Hebrews 4:15
Christ didn’t sin! But He was “in all points tempted”! Does that mean He sometimes was ill?
We know from Scripture, Christ was thirsty (John 19:28) and hungry (Matthew 4:2). He also was weary (John 4:6).
We are frail creatures, even the strongest of us, even the Marines!
But was Yeshua ever sick? Did He ever have a cold or a fever? He was in glory and He came to earth and walked amongst us. Did He scrape His knee or sprain his leg?
No one knows for sure because the answer is not provided in the Scriptures.
However, Yeshua left heaven to be with us in the earth and “took on flesh”. This was a very great, great sacrifice! Even before His passion and death on the cross, He gave up so, so much! That He just left heaven was a sacrifice!
He abandoned the celestial for a depraved terra firma.
He relinquished the heavenly halls for for the corrupt corridors of this fallen planet.
He came to free us from the demonic darkness and place us into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
Because it was the Father’s will.
He, as the Son of Man, had to endure the realities that go along with being human. Some of them were pleasant: eating, drinking, dancing, playing sports. Some of these were mudane: washing the body, getting smelly, going to the toilet. When He was a babe, His mother had to change His diapers! Did he ever get a diaper rash? Or childhood diseases?
The King of Kings who rules the heavens, while on earth, learned a trade before He started His ministry. Western traditions say it was a carpenter but others who are familiar with Israel, say it was a stone mason. (The Greek word tekton means “craftsman” or “builder”.) Did Yeshua ever injure Himself lifting heavy objects?
But He did ALL THIS FOR US! For “the joy that was set before Him” of leading many, many born-again sons into His heavenly kingdom!
The Son of God willingly “emptied” or “stripped” Himself from His glory!
6 Who, existing in the form of God,
did not consider equality with God
something to be grasped, (This proves the Deity of Christ!)
7 but emptied Himself,
taking the form of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8 And being found in appearance as a man,
He humbled Himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross.
9 Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place
and gave Him the name above all names,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2)
Should we not have the same attitude? Humility and obedience unto death. The Son of Man did this ALL for US!
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus! (Philippians 2)