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Expresses Real Humanity

Jesus the ManIn the Gospels, Jesus calls himself a human being, a man. He says in John 8.40a, " As it is, you are looking for a way to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God." Lidden writes, "The Son of Man, as applied to himself by Jesus, doubtless expresses a real humanity, a perfect and penetrating community of nature and feeling with the lot of human kind." Jesus said in Matthew 8.20, "Jesus replied, 'Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.'"

Moses Meeting With God

Jesus at his TrialJesus also said that he was God as well as a man. The High Priest at his trial asked Jesus, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed One?" This was the phrase used by Jews to mean "God" without speaking his name. Jesus in reply used the "God name" which had a profound effect on his hearers. "I am," said Jesus. "And you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven." At this, the High Priest tore his clothes and said in Mark 14.61-64, "you have heard this blasphemy." The High Priest no doubt would have been reminded of Moses' meeting with God in which Moses asked God what his name was. We read in Exodus 3.14, "God said to Moses, “I am who I am. [or "I will be what I will be"] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I am has sent me to you.'" Jesus angered the crowd with his claim of deity so much so that they picked up stones to throw at him. In yet another claim to deity Jesus said in John 10.30a, "I and the Father are one."

"Jesus Human Name"
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by Ron Meacock

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