Questions from the New Testament

Who is this Son of Man? – (Part 15 in a series)

John 12:34

Last week we started looking at the fifth question in this series.  The question, “Who is this Son of Man,” is one of the most important questions that each of us must answer. 

Last week we saw in the Bible that there are many different names that are given to Jesus in both the Old and New Testaments. The most common name is “Son of Man.”  What does that name mean to each of us as believers?  Just who is this “Son of Man?” 

The first answer to this question is found in Matthew 16:13-18.  In this scripture Jesus asks, “Who do men say that I… am?”  Peter declares Jesus as the “Son of Man.” Jesus then says that he is correct and, on this confession, that He will build His church.

We must first understand that Jesus is the Son of God, the Lord of the church. These verses tell us who Jesus Christ is.  Peter made this confession, not out of his own thinking or out of his own heart, but as this great truth was revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. By being Lord of the church then Christ is the builder of the church. It is through the working of the Holy Spirit in people’s lives that Christ will draw people to Him and ultimately to the church. 

Jesus, the Son of Man, is the Son of the living God. Jesus acknowledged that fact and said that it was to be upon Himself that His Church was to be founded and that the powers of hell would be arrayed against the Church but that those powers would not prevail against it. 1 Corinthians 3:11 tells us, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

There is great encouragement here for us. We look around and see that the church today does not seem to be in particularly good shape, and we wonder what will happen?  But we need to rejoice in the fact that the Son of Man, the eternal Son of God, the builder of the church, the Lord of the church, has guaranteed the security of the church.

The second thing we need to see about Jesus being the Son of Man is found in Mark 10:45, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Jesus is the one who came to earth to set us free.

The word “ransom” gives the idea of redemption, and Jesus’ primary purpose in coming from heaven to earth was to redeem us (Galatians 4:5), to set us free.  He did not come primarily to reform society, to die as a martyr, to give a code for living, to be a hero or to be a pattern for His people. He came to die, to shed His blood for our redemption, to set us free (1 Peter 1:18-19) from sin (Matthew 1:21), from self (Romans 6:14), and from Satan (1 John 3:8).

So, this leads us to another question: “If He has set us free, are we walking in that freedom?”  Are we living in the liberating power of the Son of Man that can set us free from sin, from ourselves, and from satan? John 8:36 says, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

So, who is this “Son of Man?”  He is the Lord of the church and He has come to set us free. Each week we choose to walk in this freedom by gathering to study and worship the Lord together.  Would you consider joining us at First Baptist Church Timpson? Come and join our services on Sunday mornings at 9:30am for Sunday School and then at 10:45am for worship service. 

At FBC, your spiritual growth and physical safety are especially important to us. Therefore, we have all the precautions in place to do everything we can to keep you and your family safe during this time. Would you consider coming and being a part of what God is doing at FBC? If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through Facebook, email, or by phone. Our physical address is 715 N. 2nd St. Timpson, TX 75975. Our email is FirstBCTimpson@yahoo.com and our phone number is 936.254.2220. 

In Christ,

W. Dee Daniel, Pastor

 

 

Over the next few weeks we will be looking at another New Testament question that we find in the scriptures. It is a question that we each must answer for ourselves, and in doing so will reveal our current relationship with God the Father.

In the Bible there are many different names and titles that are given to Jesus.  In the Old Testament there are several such places.  Job speaks of Christ in Job 19:25 and calls Him my redeemer.  The prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 9:6, calls Him a Son, Counselor, God, Father and Prince of Peace. The prophet Haggai, in Haggai 2:7, says, “and I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the LORD of hosts.”

In the New Testament there are several others as well. John the Baptist describes Him in John 1:29 as the “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  And then the Apostle John speaks of Him in Revelation 5:5 when he says, “But one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.’”

If we look at these names and see the variance in them, we will see that the names are highly significant and that they reveal the many-sided aspects of Christ as a person and His work here on the earth and in our individual lives. 

I believe the main question that we must ask is not what others called Him, but what was the name that He used when speaking about Himself?  Or what was it that Christ called Himself?  It was the “Son of Man.”  This title is one that occurs at least 80 times in the Gospels. It is a name that reveals to us a couple of different things about Him.

First, the name “Son of Man” is a name that emphasizes the fact that Christ was fully man. But not just a man, a prefect man.  This name reveals and emphasizes His perfect humanity. 

Secondly, the name “Son of Man” is a name that emphasizes the fact that just like He is fully man, He is fully God as well. To show this, Christ the “Son of Man” does things that only God could and can do (i.e. heal the lame, walk on water, calm the seas, etc.).

We must grasp and understand that Jesus Christ is the God-man! He is not a man who became God, but God who, in the mystery and miracle of the incarnation, became man. Jesus Christ is the only being that was ever 100% God and 100% man.  He did not lose his identity as God when He became man but took on human form to be the sacrifice for our sin and to make a way of restoration back to the God the Father.

So, who is this Son of Man? We will start to explore this question even deeper over the next few weeks. If you would like to learn the answer to this question and many more about the Christian life, please consider joining us at First Baptist Church Timpson.

Each week, we meet to learn and grow together. We also want to help those who are seeking to find the Lord as well.  If you are looking to be part of a group of Christ followers that study the Word and seek the Lord together, then you have found the right place to worship and study of the Bible.  Come and join our services on Sunday mornings at 9:30am for Sunday School and then at 10:45am for worship service. 

At FBC, your spiritual growth and physical safety are especially important to us. Therefore, we have all the precautions in place to do everything we can to keep you and your family safe during this time. Would you consider coming and being a part of what God is doing at FBC? If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us through Facebook, email, or by phone. Our physical address is 715 N. 2nd St. Timpson, TX 75975. Our email is FirstBCTimpson@yahoo.com and our phone number is 936.254.2220. 

In Christ,

W. Dee Daniel, Pastor