And he said to the disciples, "The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. And they will say to you, 'Look, there!' or 'Look, here!' Do not go out or follow them. For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.—Luke 17:22-25
An obvious question you should ask after reading this text is, "Why does Jesus call himself the 'Son of Man'" and not the more common New Testament terms like "Christ" or "Lord"? And there is a reason.
When Jesus uses this phrase, he's probably got the Book of Daniel on his mind. As a student of the word and the Living Word in the flesh, he knew that in Daniel 7:13-14, the prophet records a vision where the rule of the earth is given to "one like a son of man." This "one" was someone who was to reign over all "peoples, nations, and languages" in a kingdom that will never end. And when Jesus makes this reference, he is clarifying that he is the "Son of Man" that reigns over all things.
Now Jesus also declares quite a bit of cryptic information about the things that are about to happen. First, that he will be gone from them (death). Second, that there will be false sightings of him (false prophecies). Third, that he will come again in splendor (a return). Fourth, that he must suffer before all this (trial, flogging, and crucifixion).
At times we might ask ourselves, "Why wasn't Jesus more upfront and just simply tell everybody that he was the Messiah?" And this is a great question! Many times, he stated that he spoke in cryptic stories and sayings, so only those who were really listening to what he said would understand. Ultimately, Jesus did give a bold answer. It was when he was on trial being questioned by the Pharisees. They asked, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the living God?" Jesus answered, "I am, and you will see the Son of Man coming with great power and glory." (Matt 26:63-64) So he confessed his deity right at the point where he knew he would be crucified for it.
Jesus, the Son of Man, knew that he would suffer a terrible, torturous death for his claim
to being the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of Man. Yet he loved us so much; he withheld this truth until the right time so he would have time to tell us who he was. And because of this, we anticipate a bold return. In the meantime, we should be bold and live in anticipation.
DO THIS: This week we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Determine: one action you need to take to be bolder in your faith.
- Pray: for 3-5 minutes for increased boldness.
- Share: below, what you are going to do to be bolder.
⚡ Share It Boldly