The “one like a Son of Man” from Daniel is the source of Christ’s self-designation, the “Son of Man” – Daniel 7:13-14.
In the gospel accounts, the “Son of Man” is the most frequent self-designation heard on the lips of Jesus, a term derived from Daniel’s vision of the figure “like a Son of Man,” who approached the “Ancient of Days” to receive “dominion.” For example, at the end of the age, “all the tribes of the earth” will mourn when “they see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.” Jesus was “that Son of Man.”
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After Jesus healed a blind man, for a fleeting moment, the eyes of Peter and the disciples were opened to “see” just who he was – Mark 8:27-38.
Jesus queried his disciples while he was “on the way” to Jerusalem: Who do men say that I am? At least nine times Mark declares that Jesus was “on the way.” His march to Jerusalem, and to his inevitable death, fulfilled the proclamation of John the Baptist from the words of Isaiah: “I send my messenger before your face, who shall prepare your way.”
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SYNOPSIS – After Jesus healed a blind man, for a fleeting moment the eyes of Peter were opened to “see” just who he was – Mark 8:27-38.
The next event on the “way to Jerusalem” occurred in Caesarea Philippi, a Hellenistic city built by Herod Philip in honor of Augustus Caesar. Its population was predominately Gentile. In earlier times, it had been called Paneas in honor of the god, Pan. Paradoxically, Jesus was identified as the “Messiah” in a city that was dedicated to false gods and the veneration of the very emperor who claimed to be “Lord” of the world.
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The first vision presents the image of one “like the Son of Man” who was walking among the seven churches of Asia – Revelation 1:9-20.
The opening vision centers on Jesus and his care for the “churches of Asia.” At least one congregation faced imminent persecution. John did not begin his record by holding up his apostolic credentials; instead, he identified himself with the plight of the seven churches: He was a “fellow-participant” with them in the “tribulation and the kingdom and the endurance.”
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Phrases from Daniel’s vision of four “beasts ascending from the sea” are applied to Jesus and his saints in the New Testament.
Phrases and imagery from Daniel’s vision of “four beasts rising” from the chaotic sea occur in key passages in the New Testament, often in contexts concerning the future return of Jesus at the end of the age, the kingdom of God, and the royal authority he received from his Father. For example, Jesus foretold how “all the tribes of the earth” will see the “Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven.”
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SYNOPSIS – Jesus responded to criticisms over his looseness to Sabbath regulations by demonstrating that he is Lord of the “Sabbath Day” – Mark 2:23-3:6.
On one occasion in Galilee, a group of religious leaders objected to the looseness of Jesus to their Sabbath Day traditions, but he used the opportunity to demonstrate that the Messiah, the “Son of Man,” is “Lord” even over that day. God did cease His creative activities on the seventh day; however, the formal establishment of the Sabbath as a regulated day did not occur until the Torah was given at Mount Sinai.
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