Monday, November 12, 2012

Son of Man

But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins   - he then said to the paralytic - 'Rise, pick up your bed and go home.'
(Matthew 9:6, ESV)

This was the favorite name of Jesus for Himself. This title or name appears some seventy times in the Gospels. It shows up some thirty times in Matthew, five times in Mark, twenty five times in Luke, and ten times in John.

This title actually has roots in the Old Testament. It was used by Daniel in chapter seven, verses thirteen, fourteen, and seventeen as a name for the promised Messiah. This is significant, because Jesus’ usage of this title was equivalent to claiming He was the Messiah.

Incidentally, this title or name was also applied to Ezekiel. This title or name appears some ninety times in relationship to Ezekiel. Some scholars think this implies the lowliness of man compared to God.

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