He presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
And He answered and said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; (Matthew 13:24, 37-38 NASB)
I love that Jesus called Himself the Son of Man!
Of all the titles and names for Jesus in the scriptures…
- Rock of Ages
- Desire of Nations
- King of Kings
- Lord of Lords
- Son of God
- Mighty God
- Prince of Peace
- If I list them all I might run out of internet
…He chose to identify Himself as “Son of Man” more often than any other name. This phrase appears 80 times in the gospels (using the NASB) and most if not all of them are Jesus referring to Himself.
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 NASB)
Matthew reminded us of this when giving the account of Joseph’s dream.
“BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” (Matthew 1:23 NASB)
And this is how Jesus thought of Himself, as a man, flesh and blood. This Lord of the angel armies as Eugene Peterson puts it in the Message, put on flesh.
Paul says it this way:
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-8 NASB)
He did not hold onto equality with God, but limited Himself to the flesh and passions of a man. We are told He was tempted in every way that we are, yet without sin. (from Hebrews 4:15)
What’s the point, Ben?
One big mistake many Christians make is to think Jesus walked the earth as the Son of God – doing all He did, and Knowing all He knew – using special power only available to Him.
One of the reasons He used the title Son of Man is that He was doing all that He did, by the power of connection to the Father and Spirit, NOT by power intrinsic to Him. He was not a magic man, He was a connected man.
How about you? Are you connected? You can be.
Be filled with the Spirit like Jesus, and spend time with the Father like Jesus, and you can walk like Jesus walked.
John put it this way:
The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. (1 John 2:6 NASB)