When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” Mat 16:13
Jesus’s most favourite reference to himself was as the Son of Man. There would have been two types of people who would receive this reference of himself. Most people would take that at face value and understand that Jesus was referring to his humanity. Jesus is both fully God and fully human and both have significance to us. In his humanity, he identifies with us and becomes very accessible. It’s here that we really get to see his humility and get to learn from that aspect. This is why the writer to the Hebrews states that “…we do not have a High Priest (Jesus) who is unable to empathise with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet he did not sin.” (Heb 4:15). Jesus became one of us as that was a crucial part of his mission to rescue us from our sins.
A second type of listener to Jesus would have had ears to hear as it were. This is the perceptive listener who would have been able to rewind their memory bank back to Daniel chapter 7 where the Son of Man is referred to as an exalted Heavenly figure who rides on the clouds of heaven. They would have seen beyond his humanity and also caught a glimpse of his exalted greatness.
I pray that today you see both sides of this coin and as a result are able to worship him. Very often the conclusion and application of our devotionals will be, “worship him”. This is because we can never do enough of that and if we get worship of Jesus right, it helps us with perspective on many of life’s issues. So our message today is: Jesus is the Son of Man, fully God and fully Man. Worship him!