SON OF MAN (Part one of a three part sermon series.)

“The Son of Man” is a designation of Christ found frequently in the NT. It was Jesus’ favorite designation of himself to imply both his messianic mission and his full humanity.”

Dale Ellenburg and John B. Polhill


1. The Son of Man signifies and conceals Christ’s Messiahship.

  1. Jesus avoided the use of the term MESSIAH (lit “Anointed one” Greek “Christ”).

    1. It had militaristic connotations.

    2. It had political connotations.

Why is this important?

  • What we presuppose or imagine God to be has consequences. God is not the sum of all our fallen hopes and dreams. He is the sum total of Himself and he shares Himself with us.

  • “Thy kingdom come” will not be brought about through legislation but through the second coming.

  • Even today the name of Christ (Messiah) is misused or exploited for military or political purposes. (Examples: Mid-Eastern politics: Christian Zionism, Political party platforms: How would Jesus vote? Or building a “nation under God”)

2. The Christian teaching concerning The Incarnation is linked with the title Son of Man.

  1. Incarnation: “This term refers, in the first instance, to the act wherein the eternal Son “became flesh,” but it is extended to signify the whole experience of human life into which he entered, and also embraces within its reference the fact that Christ still bears his humanity and will do so forever.” C. W. Carter

      • And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14, ESV)

  • The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, Generous inside and out, true from start to finish.” (John 1:14, The Message)

  1. The Christian teaching of incarnation has a divine order or direction to it.

    1. Think of the song Lord I Lift Your Name on High… “You Came from Heaven to Earth..”

    2. No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.” (John 3:13, ESV)

      • Our culture is really becoming more and more… anthropocentric in its world view. Anthropocentric is a ten dollar word that basically means man centered in these three ways:

      1. Human beings are the central fact of the universe.

      1. As a worldview it assumes that human beings are the final aim and end of the universe.

      2. This world view seems to view and interpret everything in terms of human experience and values.



Man Centered Worldview

Man Centered Worldview


God Centered Worldview

God Centered Worldview














Why is this important?

  1. The Son of Man means God is in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself.  2 Corinthians 5:19

  2. Jesus was not thinking of ME ABOVE ALL he was thinking of the FATHER ABOVE ALL. John 3:16

  3. Because you know that Jesus represents the Father you can be confident that God The Father Almighty has extended his loving hand of Grace to you through the incarnation of Jesus as The Son of Man.


John 3:13–18

Will you trust and receive The Son of Man today?

““No one has ever gone up into the presence of God except the One who came down from that Presence, the Son of Man. In the same way that Moses lifted the serpent in the desert so people could have something to see and then believe, it is necessary for the Son of Man to be lifted up—and everyone who looks up to him, trusting and expectant, will gain a real life, eternal life. “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.” (John 3:13–18, The Message)



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