Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
The description “Son of Man” was a Messianic title. Jesus is the One who was given dominion, glory, and a kingdom. When Jesus used this phrase, He was assigning the Son of Man prophecy to Himself. In the Gospels, Jesus refers to Himself at least eighty-one times as Son of Man.
Upon hearing this title, the devout Jews of His day would have been intimately familiar with the phrase and to whom it referred. They would have immediately remembered the Old Testament reference in Daniel 7:13-14.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
On a simple level, while the name Son of God refers to His deity, Son of Man refers to His humanity. Jesus means to communicate both. The phrase “Son of Man” indicates that Jesus is the Messiah who was promised and that He is truly a human being.
“Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross! ” Philippians 2:6-8
What could possibly motivate Jesus, fully God and yet, fully man, to enter our physical existence and experience the joy and heartbreak of being human without sin?
What could cause Jesus to literally empty Himself of all glory, while still retaining His deity, and submit to the humiliation of becoming a human?
There is nothing more beautiful. Truly…
God, invisible, glorious and untouchable took on human flesh. For us.
Throughout His life on earth, we see exquisite glimpses of the humble service by this man who was fully God. Because Jesus bowed low, we are called to bow low in humble service as well. Who is God calling you to serve today?
Jesus, Son of Man, You laid aside Your glory and majesty to take on the life of a humble servant. I am humbled and ashamed as I consider the ridiculous value I place on my comfort and my desires. Forgive me for the pride in my heart and my desire to be better than or more important than others. Please give me a servant’s heart and teach me to serve others joyfully. Amen.
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