Oxford First UMC
Son of Man, Son of God
When Jesus traveled back from Lebanon he went through Caesarea Philippi, a place beneath the towering Mount Hermon where the pagans offered sacrifices to their gods at various shrines there. "Who do people say I, the Son of Man, am?" Jesus asked. They replied by naming various prophets: John the Baptist, Elijah, Jeremiah, or others. "Who do you think I am?" Jesus continued. Peter responded, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Son of Man, Son of God. Today we take a minute or two to look at these two designations for Jesus.
Locations & Times
Expand
  • Oxford First United Methodist Church
    216 Snow St, Oxford, AL 36203, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM
Jesus asked,
"Who do people say that
I, the Son of Man, am?

I have been interested in this phrase
since the Common English Bible came out
replacing it with "the Human One."
Son of man translates בן–אדם (ben-'adam)
son of Adam (used 107x, mostly in Ezekiel)

Generic term for mortal as opposed to God,
reminder of human's weakness.
Jesus turned this into a designation for himself:
the Son of Man.

"Who do people say that I,
the Son of Man, am?

Throughout the Gospels
Jesus referred to himself that way 85 times.
Jesus asked,
"Who do you say that I am?"

Peter said,
"You are the chosen, anointed one,
Son of the Living God."