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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Jesus is the Messiah, the anointed Son of God. From the start, his life was characterized by the empowering presence of the Spirit – Matthew 1:20.
In Matthew, an angel informed Joseph that the child carried by Mary was “conceived of the Holy Spirit.” This indicated more than just the miraculous birth of the child or the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy. From start to finish, the activity of the life-giving Spirit characterized the life and ministry of Jesus. He was “Jesus, who is called Christ,” the long-awaited Messiah.
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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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In Mark’s gospel, only at his death did a Roman centurion who was present at his execution recognize who Jesus was – Mark 10:45.
In Mark, all men prove incapable of recognizing who Jesus is, even his closest disciples. The only exceptions are John the Baptist and the Roman centurion at Golgotha, the very man in charge of the execution squad. Mark has threaded this theme throughout his gospel to make the point – The Messiah cannot be understood apart from his death on a Roman cross.
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OVERVIEW – According to Mark, the Son of Man was revealed only in his sufferings and death on a Roman Cross – Mark 15:34-39.
A theme threaded throughout the Gospel of Mark is the inability of men to recognize who Jesus is – The Son of God – until AFTER his crucifixion, and even then, paradoxically, he was declared “Son of God” by the unlikeliest person, the very Roman centurion who in charge of his execution. What made this Messiah unrecognizable was his self-identification as the suffering “Son of Man.”
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OVERVIEW – Jesus received all authority to reign over the Cosmos following his Death and Resurrection.
At the height of his power, the absolute monarch of Babylon – Nebuchadnezzar – boasted before heaven and earth, “Is not this Babylon the great and exceptional kingdom that I built by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?” His presumptuous words received an immediate response from an angelic figure.
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