Son of Man

One of the most frequent names for Jesus in the gospel of Mark is Son of Man—it is used 14 times and was Jesus’ favorite term for himself. Jesus takes on this title in Mark 13:26 and

Mark 14:62, indicating that he sees himself as the heavenly authority figure described in

Daniel 7:13-14. This emphasizes his divine authority and his future glory when he returns.

The term Son of Man brings together the heavenly and earthly aspects of the Messiah. God gave Jesus as the divine Son the authority to forgive sin (Mark 2:10). But because Jesus came to be a ransom for many, he is the Son of Man who suffered and died for our sins (Mark 10:45). Jesus is not only the Son of Man of Daniel 7, but he is also the suffering servant of Isaiah 53.

For those who expected a triumphant Messiah, Jesus’ choice to go to a cross was unthinkable. Imagine a popular young President of the United States who has just been elected. In his inauguration speech, he outlines all of his goals and injects hope into the people, but closes by announcing he is suffering from a terminal disease and will be dead within a week. Think about how people would react! This is the reaction of the disciples.

The most striking thing is that this Son of Man, who has all power, chooses to go through pain. It is not that he loses control of the wheel of history. He makes the deliberate choice to go through pain, suffering, and even death. His suffering is completely voluntary.

“Returning the third time, he said to them, ‘Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come, Look the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer’” (Mark 14:41).

As the Son of Man with all power, he could have ended the suffering anytime he wanted. But he deliberately chose to go to the cross because of his love for you.

Don’t ever forget that the Son of Man knows what it is to be human. He knows the hurt of rejection and loss. He knows about depression and despair. He has known the bitter heartache of seeing dreams and hopes dashed against the rocks. There is nothing we can ever go through He does not understand.

Don’t ever forget that the Son of Man is also the Savior. He will be with you in every trial, and he will wipe every tear away from your eyes. That promise may not do a lot to ease the pain of the moment, but there will be a time when that promise will mean something to you. There is one who can help you deal with any burden—he is the Son of Man!

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