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"Son of Man" - Day 40
But there is a place where someone has testified, “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a SON OF MAN that you care for him. You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet. In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
There are lots of verses about the "Son of Man". God uses it as a title for the prophets in the Old Testament when he is talking to them (Ezekiel 2:1, Ezekiel 3:1, Daniel 8:17). David uses it in the verse referenced above, "What is mankind..." (Psalm 8:4-6). Stephen called Jesus the Son of Man when he sees him in heaven as he is being stoned (Acts 7:56). Jesus refers to himself as the Son of Man when he heals a man who can't walk (Mark 2:10-11). To fully grasp what all this means, I urge you to read all of these verses, and then to read through the whole chapter of Hebrews 2. However, I think this can be succinctly communicated by the last verse of Hebrews 2 - "Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted." In order to fully redeem humanity, because "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God", Jesus had to be fully human. He was tempted in EVERY way. Jesus was tempted by pride, selfishness, gossip, lust, greed, lying, violence, scheming, belittling, goading, hatred, wrath, sedition, envy, murder, drunkenness, dejection, etc. What are you struggling with? Picture Jesus being tempted in that way and overcoming it. Let's give thanks to God that He sent Jesus as a flawless Son of Man to show us how we should then live.
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