Jesus’ “Son of Man” title is seen as a holy title connected to this reference:
- “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 nations and peoples 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.” ~ Daniel 7:13–14 NIV
Slight problem. It says “all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him“. I’m pretty sure that is and has never been the case with Jesus. It’s another reason Christians evangelize, they want this prophesy to be fulfilled in order to justify their belief in Jesus as Messiah. Even the side note on this passage suggests a little bit of word tweaking for Christian purposes:
- The Aramaic phrase bar enash means human being. The phrase son of man is retained here because of its use in the New Testament as a title of Jesus, probably based largely on this verse. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+7%3A13-14&version=NIV
Alright, so Jesus’ prophetic use of the title “Son of Man” is questionable. He likely intended it to have this effect though, utilizing the double meaning of the phrase which is also used in the Old Testament to describe a human being or human beings when used as “sons of men”. Ezekiel is the Old Testament book it occurs in the most.
That being said, I have just updated the graphic on the Christianity Simplified blog to read, “Jesus claimed the title “Son of Man”, but aren’t we all children of humanity?” Readers of the Bible should focus more on the human elements that Jesus demonstrated, rather than on the Saviour claims, as Jesus’ humanity is where the true value of the story lays.