Posted by: thaishin | October 18, 2015

Significance of the title “Son of man”

One of the strongest ways Jesus claimed deity was by calling himself the “Son of man”. “Son of man” is understood in Judaism to be equivalent to deity.

At the trial before the high priest,

Matthew 26

63 But Jesus held his peace, And the high priest answered and said unto him, I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God. 64 Jesus saith unto him, Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven. 65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.  -kjv

Jesus combines Psalm 110:1 and Daniel 7:13 in Matthew 26:64. The high priest understands Jesus’ implication that he is claiming deity and hence rents his clothes and accuse Jesus of blasphemy.

Psalms 110

1The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.  -kjv

Daniel 7

13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  -kjv

In Daniel 7

I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.  -kjv

The word thrones – plural shows that Jesus was sitting on one throne while God the Father – the Ancient of days sit on the other throne.

Learned this from openline moody radio on 10 Oct 2015.



  1. The high priest did not know or would not accept he was talking to Jesus face to face. Let us also be careful that we too are not confronted face to face by our creator. Even Angeles are amongst us on earth testing us. The Pharisees along with his own people convicted Jesus of Sins. Are we doing the same when we act as if we know him yet shut the door in his face so many times?

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