The Church must rediscover the Son of Man
Luke 9: 26-27 “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
Denial, cross, following, saving, losing, gaining, forfeiting, these are some of the aspects of being a disciple according to Jesus.
So we embrace those around us, we surrender our lives and we love, serve, live and breathe a new humanity to a broken world who hasn’t experienced such unselfishness. We are the embodiment of the Son of Man.
Once connected to our world then the uncloaking of the Church can begin. The Spirit can lift off the veil of the Church and the divine encounter of heaven touching earth can begin. Behind the Church is the reason for our existence. Empowered by a new kingdom, a divine power that enables the passion for the lost and the least, the mystery of the miraculous coming from another world led by a Jesus who is not meek and mild, a spiritual leader, a guru, a man who walked this earth but who carries titles that no one on earth can carry, the Son of Man. The Church needs to keep rediscovering who He is in order to be a true disciple in this world.
We must rediscover the Son of Man.
Six hundred years before He walked this earth as a man, Babylon is rising as a super power and begins expanding its empire. The city of Jerusalem is taken and that’s how the book of Daniel opens: “In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.”
This is devastation. This is humiliation. That the people of God should be overtaken and overruled by the people of the world.
In 7:13-14 Daniel (a student of Jeremiah taken into exile) has a vision:
“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 worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
What Daniel saw, Jesus carried in his heart and mind. When he used the title Son of Man he was thinking of Daniel. In Luke 22: 69 as he was going through his trials and facing his death, “But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God” he is quoting this vision Daniel had.
Some people say the Ancient of Days is the Father and one like a son of man is Jesus. Others say the Ancient of Days is Jesus. But they are One. When the Ancient of Days comes, the Father, Son and the Spirit come.
Jesus is the Almighty (Rev 1:7-8) And the Almighty is God (Genesis 17:1); Jesus is the I AM (John 8:58) And the I AM is God (Ex 3:14); Jesus is the Holy One (Acts 3:14) And the Holy One is God (Isaiah 43:15); Jesus is the I AM (John 8:44) And the I Am is God (Isaiah 43:10); Jesus is the First and the Last (Rev 22:13) And the First and the Last is God (Isaiah 44:6); Jesus is the Rock (1 Cor 10:4) And the Rock is God (Ps 18:31); Jesus is the One Shepherd (H=John 10:16) And the One Shepherd is God (Isaiah 40:11); Jesus is the One Saviour (Acts 4:12) And the One Saviour is God (Isaiah 45:21); Jesus is the One Redeemer (Luke 1:68) And the One Redeemer is God (Isaiah 41:4); Jesus is Lord of Lords (Rev 19:16) And the Lord of Lords is God (Deut 10:17) ; Every knee must bow before Jesus (Phil 2:10) And every knee must bow before God (Isaiah 45:23).
He is the Ancient of Days and One like a Son of Man.
Before all things created, eternal, before all time. He is for all and beyond all. He is forever and ever. When things die He is still alive. There is an end and the last person standing is the Son of Man, standing with the saints of God, with us!
“As I looked, ‘thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze. A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” Daniel 7:9-10
Daniel so often seen isolated, standing for God in the midst of a wicked society sees an army. Thousands upon thousands ministering to HIM. Ten thousand times ten thousand standing before HIM.
As a disciple, laying your life down in a broken world, difficult that this may be, do not be ashamed of Jesus! Hold on to HIM. Rediscover the Son of Man. For you are not alone. Ultimate victory is not only God’s it is ours too.
The purpose of our life is not here, our understanding of what has happened to us and others is not gained from this life, we don’t fear this life, we belong to another world and as we rediscover the Son of Man, this other-world seeps through our lives, through our humanity to a world who needs Jesus.
The answer to the Church in the UK. The answer to our decline. The answer for our discipleship. The answer for the world we live in is the rediscovery of the Son of Man. The world needs to see our humanity so that the divinity can impact their lives.