Summary of the sermon, "Jesus is 'Son of Man'" from January 14, 2024 (Second in the six-week sermon series: “Six Things Jesus Is…”)

In last week's sermon, we focused on the significance of the term "Son of Man" in describing Jesus. Jesus often refers to himself as “Son of Man” as recorded in all four Gospels. (Matthew 32x, Mark 14, Luke 26x, John 10x) Like all the other terms we will investigate, the title “Son of Man” surfaces ways in which to understand Jesus’ identity and mission.

In the Synoptic Gospels—Matthew, Mark, and Luke—the term "Son of Man" directs us to contemplate Jesus' humility and endurance through challenging circumstances. Jesus models the role of a servant, desiring not to be served but to serve others. This humble portrayal is intertwined with the anticipation of a grand future event where Jesus, as the Son of Man, will hold authority and judge all. The roots of this concept can be traced back to the Old Testament, particularly in Daniel 7:13-14, where a divine figure “like a son of man” is bestowed with everlasting dominion.

In his Gospel, John gives the term a more divinely-oriented perspective. Here, "Son of Man" signifies not only Jesus' humanity but also his unique and divine connection with God. John accentuates Jesus' heavenly origin, emphasizing his preexistence and divine nature. This perspective adds depth to our understanding of Jesus, painting him as both human and divine.

The term "Son of Man" plays a pivotal role in conveying Jesus as the ultimate redeemer of mankind. Jesus comes to Earth as a human “to seek and save the lost.” Jesus is a compassionate rescuer actively reaching out into the world. Additionally, Jesus’ redemptive purpose is highlighted in John 3:14-15, where the Son of Man must be lifted up, paralleling the story of Moses lifting a serpent in the wilderness, signifying salvation and eternal life for believers.

In addition to helping us see Jesus as our redeemer, "Son of Man" presents Jesus — and, therefore, God — as an approachable and relational figure. Jesus, as “Son of Man,” shows us a God who cares, making the divine accessible in our everyday lives.

In the practical realm of daily life and faith, Jesus, as the "Son of Man," extends a comforting invitation. As one who knows the trials and pains of human life, Jesus compassionately calls to everyone, “Come to me all you who are weary and heavy-laden and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Grace and peace to you!