The Son of Man
Portraits of Christ | The Son of Man
The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. (Luke 9:22)
This title Jesus selected for Himself, for no one else directly addresses Him with these words. This title speaks wonderfully of Jesus' humanity. He was Divine, the Son of God. But He was also human, the Son of man.
Jesus was raised by Joseph, a carpenter. He had the hard, sinewy frame of one who works hard with His hands. He had a cast iron grip that would immediately command the respect of burly fisherman and laborers whom He would call to follow Him.
Take a good look at His hands. They look like the hands of a man, the rough calloused hands of a carpenter. Jesus' outstretched hand calmed an angry sea, healed a blinded eye, gently brushed away a tear, and cleansed a temple.
But these hands are also the hands of God. These hands established the ocean's boundaries, carved majestic peaks, flung the stars into space, and put a song in the sparrow's throat. They delivered the nation of Israel from Egypt and opened the Red Sea. These hands sent ravens to feed Elijah, a fish to interrupt Jonah's getaway, and fingered a message of judgment on the wall of Nebuchadnezzer's palace.
Jesus is the "image of the invisible God," Paul wrote to the Colossians. "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him." (Colossians 1:15-19). Yet Jesus chose to limit Himself in frail human flesh and walk among us on the dusty road of Galilee. The writer of Hebrews wrote, "He is able to sympathize with our weakness, for He was tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15). He is a man of sorrows, He is acquainted with grief, and whatever trial you are facing right now, He knows and understands your feelings and your doubts, and He is praying for you, that your faith will never fail.