November 24, 2014

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.

Son of Man, a term which Jesus uses to refer to himself in the gospels, is sometimes difficult for us in the 21st century to understand. The most frequent use in the Old Testament is in the book of the prophet Ezekiel referring to the prophet himself. The commentators I read feel that the above reference goes back to Daniel 7: 13, 14- “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man,[a]coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” You see the footnote after “son of man?” It takes you to the bottom of the page and says, “Daniel 7:13 The Aramaic phrase bar enash meanshuman being. The phrase son of man is retained here because of its use in the New Testament as a title of Jesus, probably based largely on this verse.” Has the son of man come in his glory and all the angels with him, sitting on his glorious throne? We affirm in the Apostles creed that he already “ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father.” Whatever the timing, on this past Sunday Christians all over the world affirmed again that Christ is indeed the King, the one with true authority, here, now. In between the turkey and the football and family festivities this week, how will you give thanks to and for our king?

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