The Son of Man is the Son of God

The religion of Islam will readily confess that Jesus was the Son the Man and its followers will quickly point out the number of times that Jesus referred to Himself with that title, but it readily denies that Jesus was the Son of God and its followers will quickly point out that Jesus never referred to Himself as such.

Regardless of the fact that Jesus did indeed refer to Himself as the Son of God and He confessed to be such before multiple people (Matthew 16:13-17, John 9:35-38) one of the key misunderstandings of Jesus’ nature when it comes to Islam is that the religion misses what the Son of Man taught about Himself when it comes to His authority.

In Mark 2:1-12 (a gospel that begins in a plain enough way concerning the nature of Jesus) Jesus proclaims and confesses to having the ability to do something that no mere righteous man would ever say unless it was absolutely true. After being accused of blasphemy Jesus tells a group of hard-hearted unbelievers He not only did what He did to prove a point, He said what He said so they wouldn’t miss the point – “Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins….

The power, authority and ability on earth to forgive sins?! Jesus was a son and He was a man, but when Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man He was talking about much more than what you could see on the outside. It was a sign that pointed to who He was. It pointed to the Messianic nature that was on the inside, for only God Himself has the power, authority and ability to forgive sins.

Angels proclaimed it (Luke 1:35), the demons couldn’t deny it (Mark 5:7-8) and the apostles preached it (John 20:30-31) – Jesus, the Son of Man, is Immanuel, the Son of God.

If Jesus didn’t deny it, why should we?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:1, 14)

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Who is this Son of Man?

And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” This He said, signifying by what death He would die. The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”” (John 12:32-34 – NKJV)

Who is this Son of Man? That’s still a question that gets asked today! Being the Son of Man was a limitation in the flesh that Jesus willing accepted for our benefit (John 1:1, 14). He experienced life. He experienced the elements, hunger, thirst, pain, sadness, weariness, joy, friendship, love and all the other experiences that come with being human,  but make no mistake – this Son of Man was much than a just a Man.

This Son of Man was and is…

The Great I Am: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.” (John 8:58)

The Bread of Life: “Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

The Light of the World: “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

The Gate leading to Salvation: “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” (John 10:9)

The Shepherd of God’s people: “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11)

The Resurrection and the Life: “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:” (John 11:25)

The Way, Truth and Life: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

The True Vine: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” (John 15:1)

The apostle John answered the question that was asked of Jesus throughout his entire letter. Jesus was the Son of Man, but His own words prove Him to be much more than just a son of man.

The question that remains is, “Are we going to believe the answer Jesus gave anymore than the people who asked it to begin with?” Jesus wants to know! After all, it was Jesus who asked His disciples (including the apostle John), “…Whom do men say that I the Son of Man am?” (Matthew 16:13) What’s your answer? Click here if you don’t know the answer Jesus’ disciples gave.

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