day eight: Christ, the Son of Man

Readings: Daniel 7, John 8:22-29, John 9:35-38


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And set in beautiful near-paradox with yesterday’s devotion is a different title entirely. The grandeur and awe of the name “Ancient of Days” gives way to the limits of humanness implied by the phrase “Son of Man.”

But this, too, is important. It is one of the titles most often used by Christ to refer to Himself while on earth, and it has its roots in a profound image of anointing:

I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven one like a Son of Man was coming, and He came up to the Ancient of Days and was presented before Him. And to Him was given dominion, glory and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations and men of every language might serve Him.
Daniel 7:13-14a

The Jews, especially the Pharisees, knew these words. Daniel’s records and visions were canonized into the Ketuvim, or “the writings,” of the Hebrew Scriptures. They knew the account of this vision of the presentation of the Son of Man to the Ancient of Days, the passing of the scepter into the hand of the Christ. And yet they did not make the connection between the vision and Jesus’ consistent self-identification as the Son of Man. They missed Him as the God-commissioned Lord and saw Him only as a mortal, a blasphemer, a troublemaker. A son of man like them.

But He is not a son of man like us. He is the Son of Man equal to God. He didn’t come to earth on a rogue mission unsanctioned by the other two Persons of the Trinity, but by the initiative, blessing, and empowerment of the Father and Holy Spirit.

Hallie Liening

Olympia, WA

Hallie grew up on a small farm in rural eastern Washington. At 18, she moved across the country to go to Bible school, and then married the Boy Next Door at 20. Now 22, she is a graduate of Great Commission Bible Institute with a Certificate in Biblical Studies and resides in Olympia with her husband and her two cats. She survives the claustrophobia of living near the city by making frequent trips back home to visit her family and her horse, writing sentimental blog posts about the countryside, and by filling her house with photographs of Mt. Adams sunsets.