Saturday 1-21-17, Modesto, California
Today we read Exod 1 - 2, Psalm 88 and Luke 21
S = Scripture O = Observation A = Application P = Prayer SOAP for the soul.
S. Luke 21:25-28 "And there will be strange events in the skies — signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And down here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. The courage of many people will falter because of the fearful fate they see coming upon the earth, because the stability of the very heavens will be broken up. Then everyone will see the Son of Man arrive on the clouds with power and great glory. So when all these things begin to happen, stand straight and look up, for your salvation is near!" NLT
O. Jesus refers to Himself as The Son of Man in Matthew 30 times, Mark 14 times, Luke 25 times and John 11 times. In the above passage, Jesus’ disciples have questioned Him about the end times. And Jesus quotes from the prophet, Daniel, showing them that He is The Son of Man referred to in Daniel’s prophesy.** Dan. 7:13
Jesus lets us know that He was with the Father from eternity past as The Son of God, but at His birth into this world, He suddenly became both The Unique Son of God and The Unique Son on Man, totally divine and totally human.
A. So where does that leave me? I am only a son of man, a creation of God. But I must recognize Jesus for Whom He truly is. He is not a created being, like humans or the angels. The term “begotten” is used to show contrast with the term “created”. God the Father did not create Him. He was always with the Father, then in God’s perfect timing He humbled Himself to become The Son of Man.** Gal. 4:4, Phil. 2:5
P. Lord Jesus, I cannot comprehend the fullness of Your humble descent from Your place as Creator God, to join the ranks of Your own creation, walk shoulder to shoulder with sinners and submit to their torture and even death. But You rose again… and although Your time on earth was only about 33 years, later when Stephen saw You standing by Your Father’s throne, He still referred to You as The Son of Man. ** Yes, You are The Unique Son of Man and The Unique Son of God for eternity!
** Dan 7:13-14 I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away. NKJV
** Gal 4:4 But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. NLT
** Phil 2:6-7 Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God. He made himself nothing; he took the humble position of a slave and appeared in human form. NLT
** Acts 7:56 "Look, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing in the place of honor at God's right hand!"