THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date - 4-10-05
LESSON TITLE: "WHO IS JESUS? JESUS IS THE SON OF MAN"
Good morning! Let me welcome each of you to our program this morning. It is always a privilege to have you with us to hear the Living Word of God. We are excited that you have chosen to give this time of sacrifice to our Creator. Won't you take advantage of every opportunity this morning to give your own reverence to the Lord, as we together offer this time of worship to Him. May all things be done, to God, for God and unto His glory. Let's begin our offering to God with a prayer!
Our first song of the morning reminds us of that which should be the happiest day in all of our lives. So, won't you join in with the congregation at this time as we sing together, "O Happy Day."
(SONG # 1)
Have you ever considered that as Christians, there are some things which the Bible says we are to "get." For example, back in Proverbs 4:7, we read, "Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding." Here we find that wisdom and understanding are things we need to get, in order that we be better equipped in the service of our Lord.
Another example of things we need to get, is found in 2 Peter 2:5. In this passage Peter begins by saying, "But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to...," notice those things here we are to add to or get in our Christian lives to be found more pleasing in His sight. The scripture continues like this, "add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love." Wow, consider all of these things that we need to equip ourselves with and get in our lives if we are to be proper servants in His eyes. These verses go on to say that those who do such are fruitful before God, but those who don't are short sighted. Certainly, none of us want to be shortsighted in the eyes of God!
The Apostle Paul in his letters, also talks of the many things we must "put on!" He tells us to put on Christ, the new man, the Christian armor, faith, that which is incorruptible, and so on. Again the idea is clearly presented here of studying, learning God's Willing, and "getting," those things from it which God wants and applying them to our lives.
So what are you willing to "get," and apply in your life for the sake of God. Will you choose today to better equip yourself and commit to doing God's will in His Way?
As far as our main study of the day, we will be concluding our study on Jesus. Our specific lesson of the morning will deal with, "Jesus is the Son Of Man". So please stay with us this morning and after our next song together, I will be leading us in our main thoughts of the day. But for now let's join together in our second song of the morning. The name of this hymn, "Face To Face."
(SONG # 2)
Speaker: Ray Sullins
What a great study we've had for many months now in relationship to who Jesus is. I know we've all learned a lot and grown in the knowledge of Jesus Christ by learning through the descriptive terms used in John chapter 1 exactly who our Lord is in understanding really the depth of what He is all about and what it means to us by understanding these terms better.
Today as we continue our study and as well conclude the things that we have looked at together, we might again go once again to John chapter 1. We might look there again at the things that are being said near the latter part of this very, very important chapter as there we find that John in verse 35 identifies to two of his disciples that "this is Jesus, the lamb of God that is coming." In fact, two of those are told by Christ to now follow Him. And we even see that in verse 40, one of those who actually followed who had been with John, his name was Andrew. In fact, Andrew, we learned in the next verse, is the brother of Simon Peter and it is Andrew who goes to this man, Simon Peter, and encourages him now to come and to meet the Messiah, the Christ, the one who has been prophesied about. So how exciting it is to see that Jesus here begins to call His disciples, His chosen ones, and thus we see Andrew and Simon Peter.
The next verses continue there in verse 43 that the next day that Jesus was actually in Galilee. He said to a man named Philip to, "Follow Me." Philip and other of the disciples chosen by God now chooses to follow Jesus. And it is this same Philip now who was from the same area that Andrew and as we know now that Simon Peter was from, but in verse 45 it was Philip that then found Nathaniel and said to him, notice verse 45, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph." And so then Nathaniel said, "Can anything good come out of Nazareth?" And it continues on to tell us there as Jesus replies in verse 47, "Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit." Nathaniel immediately is excited because he wonders, "How do you know me? How do you know my name?" Then Jesus proceeds by telling him that he was the one who was under the fig tree. "I saw," verse 48, and now he began to understand that this man knows things He could not know without being God or of God because He was not present. And so in verse 49, what does he say? The beautiful words, "Rabbi, or teacher, you are the son of God. You are the King of Israel." So then Jesus said to him, "What I have said about you under the fig tree," He said, "you'll see much, much greater things than this."
Verse 51 then brings up our topic for this day. And He said to him, "Most assuredly I say unto you that you shall see heaven open up and the angel of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." Oh what a beautiful picture here as again Jesus says, "You're right. I'm the son of God. You're right. I'm powerful, but what you've seen in my knowledge and ability to know all things is not even a taste of really the power of me as God." He says, "You'll see mightier and greater things and eventually as all men even see Jesus coming from heaven in the clouds in order that He might receive us up." But certainly Nathaniel would learn many, many more things of the power of Jesus, of the great ability that He had, and as well the ability that now we have through Him to know this Son of Man. The concept here of the Son of Man, another title, a title applied to who Jesus was, a descriptive concept to help us understand more about the man that we refer to as Jesus Christ. This word primarily is identified to us in the gospel accounts, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Besides this, it is very rarely used in scripture. As we'll find out later, once in the Old Testament and a few times in the New Testament, once being referred to in the New Testament in another place and one time specifically speaking again of the Son of Man. These concepts again basically are used in a very specific way. Be it in general, if we were to look at the idea of a Son of Man, generally we find a human standpoint. We find that Jesus being the primary one throughout the gospels to refer to Himself as the Son of Man just as in our text today, John 1:51. The use is then referred to as Christ's humanity on the earth, how that He was not only human, how that He worked and how that He lived and that He suffered and that He died, but that as He came to the earth, He was not only man in the flesh, but that He was God and Deity. These are the very things that we've been studying together for the concept of the Son of Man, was Jesus trying to identify that I am God, but I am the Son of Man. I was born of a woman, but I am born of a woman, I am the Son of Man, not just a son of man. Notice in your Bibles, the Son of Man is always capitalized because He is not just another man born, but He is the man of God born, the only begotten of God the Father Himself.
Now if you'll turn with me to the book of Matthew I think we might understand a little bit more exactly the physical nature of the Son of Man as it is identified to us. There in John chapter 8 and verse 20, we find again here clearly in the words of Christ, Jesus saying, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." You see, He says, "I'm God. I'm Deity, but I'm the Son of Man. I need a house. I need food. I need raiment like everyone else and I don't even have a house." He says, "My home is not of this world. My needs are not of this world. I am of God and I am God." So here He identifies the Son of Man, the fleshly side, the fleshly nature that even Christ in the flesh needed the very basics in life, as well as sleep and the ability that He was able to identify to us the knowledge that we can know that He needed those basic things because He was the Son of Man, not a Son of Man, but the Son of Man, the one planted there in the womb of Mary by the Holy Spirit, God Almighty, the Father Himself, thus, eventually being born as a man and being God in the flesh, the Son of God in the flesh.
The other usage of this concept of the Son of Man is again identified to us in the references of His glory, not only His glory, but also the resurrection and those future events that would take place, the Son of Man and those things that will come or those things that will happen. Turn over just a few chapters to Matthew chapter 10 and verse 23 and notice here in this context when He is actually discussing here with His disciples what He has to say in relationship to things that are coming. He says there in verse 23, "When they persecute you in this city, flee to another, for assuredly I say to you, you will not have gone through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes." He says, "You won't go through the cities before, I, the Son of Man comes." He used the word in relationship to the fleshly things that would happen in the future, prophesied things here that were going to come to pass. So here again we find the two different usage's. The idea of the human side, the human nature of His needs as a man because He was physical. Even as you'll remember there in Matthew 4 when Satan came to Him and he said, "Have these stones turn into bread because you are hungry." He was fasting in the desert, if you'll remember. Well the Son of Man had those needs. But on the other hand, the great idea here of the Son of Man and the prophetic concepts of those things that would be transpiring in His flesh. Ultimately as we well know, the Son of Man even dying on the cross, not only being the sacrifice for you and I, but the individual is able to again show forth in all things exactly who he is through our lives. Overall, the term certainly expresses the human side and yet still the Godly side of Jesus Christ Himself, the one chosen of God, appointed by the Father in order that "all things not only be made through Him but in Him and by Him and then notice also, "For Him." You see, it is all about Jesus. It's all about God the Father. It's not about us. It's not about anything of this earth. It's all about God.
So here again Jesus, even as the Son of Man... Let me emphasize again not a son of man, but the Son of Man is the one that we look to today as that Christ, that Messiah, the one only begotten of the Father, the one chosen of the essence of God Himself, of Deity Himself, leaving heaven that He might come and dwell among us as man, the Son of Man, and be able to in the flesh exemplify the fullness of the Godhead and really the completeness of who God is all about bodily as there Paul tells us in some of the prison epistles.
Now, I would like to look at a few of the other places where this concept is found. First of all, if you'll go back to the Old Testament with me to the book of Daniel with me in Daniel chapter 7 you might remember there in a great vision which Daniel had that he uses the very same concept in the very same way that we are studying this day. He mentions beginning in verse 13 of Daniel 7, "I was watching in the night vision and behold one like the Son of Man coming with the clouds of the heaven, He came to the ancient of days and they brought Him near and before Him, then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom. Then all peoples nations and languages would serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away and His kingdom, the one which shall never be destroyed." Wow! Do you hear all that? The concepts of the coming kingdom, a kingdom that would be established, that would have dominion and glory forever, that would be everlasting, that all nations and people... Does that sound familiar? The church. "The church that we are now translated into, out of darkness into the kingdom of His dear son," in Colossians 1 and verse 13.
Here's that kingdom. But notice the one who is bringing the kingdom was like unto what? The Son of Man. Jesus Christ. The prophecy here that that Jesus, that Messiah is the very one that would be the head of that kingdom. Isn't that interesting because what it's doing here is that this Messiah or this Christ was not going to be some kind of an angelic being or a God in a form of God on the world, but He would literally be a man, in the form of a man, yet still God, the Son of Man. You can look for a Messiah, a Christ. You can look for the Son of Man who is a man, who is flesh and blood just like you are, yet is Deity. He as well was God. So Daniel helps us very well to understand the fleshly side of who Jesus Christ.
I want you also to go with me to the book of Acts. In Acts chapter 7 you might recall there the stoning of a great man of God, a man who loved God enough to die and continue proclaiming the truth that is found in the Word of God. But Stephen there being martyred in chapter 7 of Acts beginning in Acts 54, it says, "They were angry. They were gnashing their teeth and cut to the heart because he was proclaiming the truth about Jesus Christ." Then it says in verse 55 that, "He gazed up into heaven and noticed as he looked to the glory of God, he saw Jesus standing at the right hand," but notice in verse 56, he said, "Look, I see the heavens open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." Wow! This was a blow. It made them madder. It made them want to kill him all the more. Why? Because now he had acknowledged that not only do I believe and profess the Son of God, God in the flesh, Jesus being the Messiah, and God Himself, but now I can see Him as I look into heaven and as I look there, I see Him as the Son of Man, the very one that you rejected, who was in the flesh. Jesus Christ is the one that I see now at the right hand of the Father on High just as the Hebrew writer proclaimed in Hebrews 1, verses 1-4, "I see Him there in the form of the Son of Man. It's the same man. He was the Messiah. He was the Christ, and you crucified Him." Wow! Didn't it make them angry? Didn't it make them mad to know that Jesus, the one that they had seen and known in the flesh, that they had rejected and that they had killed as we looked at earlier in the book of Acts is the very one that Peter proclaimed to them "was now Lord and Christ." He was chosen of the Father. He was chosen of the Father to come in the flesh as God, but yet to be the Son of Man.
Then finally over in the book of 1 Corinthians, we find in verse 15 in the discussion where Paul talks about final things that in verse 47, he again reminds of the two sides that man has, the fleshly like Adam as he was born in the flesh, but the Godly as Jesus was born of God. Verse 47, "The first man was of the earth and made of dust. The second Man is the Lord from heaven." The Man is capitalized there because it is referring to the Son of Man, Jesus, the Son of Man is from heaven. You see, we all are just of the dust and we can have a spiritual side because of God placing a soul in us and we can serve God, but we will never be, on this earth, be the Son of Man or God in the flesh. Why? Because we are not God. We are His children. But Jesus was and He was the Man, the Man as it says here who was the spiritual Man from heaven, the Man, the Lord.
So certainly we can learn some beautiful concepts about this Christ, this Christ, the Mediator, (1 Timothy 2:5), this Christ, the Head, the Savior, (Ephesians 5:23), the king (Revelations 17:14), the Lord of Lords (again Revelations 17), the High Priest (Hebrews 3:1). On and on and on we could go forever talking about the many descriptive and beautiful terms that identify Christ but hopefully in our study we've been able to see that truly Jesus not only is the Christ, but He is the Word. He was God. He was the Creator. He was the one that did all things for us as not only Lord but also the Son of God and even the Messiah. And as we've looked at today, He was the one that we refer to as Jesus, Jesus as the Son of Man.
(SONG # 3 - "Fairest Lord Jesus!")
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With all of the facts we have confirmed as far as who Jesus is, is their any wonder why we all would choose to love and follow Him. Thanks be to God for loving us enough to make known unto us Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son!