The Suffering Son of Man: A Glimpse into Jesus’ Own Christology

By Luke Stamps: It is commonly recognized that the title “Son of Man” was Jesus’ favorite self-designation.  It is also noteworthy that its usage is relatively unique to Jesus himself; in only three other places in the New Testament does a subject other than Jesus use this term as a reference to Jesus (Acts 7:56; Revelation 1:13; 14:14).  But what did Jesus mean when he called himself the Son of Man?  Jesus’ use of this title is one of the most intriguing aspects of his own Christology—his own understanding of the identity and mission of the Messiah. Most admit that Daniel 7 lies in the background of Jesus’ usage of the term.  There, Daniel describes “one like a son of man” who approaches the Ancient of Days, that is, the Lord himself, and is given “dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass

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