The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
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The Savior’s Identification with Us
By Al Stoner
Part 2
 
“For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mk. 10:45).

 

The Son of Man

“And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head” (Mt. 8:20).  “For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day” (Mt. 12:8).  “And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come” (Mt. 12:32).  “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Mt. 12:40).
 
“Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and His disciples came unto Him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man” (Mt. 13:36-37).
 
“The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. 13:41-42).
 
“When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Mt. 16:13).
 
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in His kingdom” (Mt. 16:27-28).
 
“And as they came down from the mountain (where the Lord was transfigured), Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead” (Mt. 17:9).
 
“But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them” (Mt. 17:12).
 
“And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men” (Mt. 17:22). “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (Mt. 18:10-11).
 
“And Jesus said unto them (Peter and the other Apostles), Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel” (Mt. 19:28). “Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again” (Mt. 20:18-19).
 
“And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mt. 21:27-28).
 
“For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mt.24:27).  “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Mt. 24:30).
 
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mt. 24:37-39).
 
“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh” (Mt. 24:44).  “Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh” (Mt. 25:13). 
 
“When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory” (Mt. 25:31).
 
“Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified” (Mt. 26:2).  “The Son of man goeth as it is written of Him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born” (Mt. 26:24).
 
“Then cometh He to His disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners” (Mt. 26:45). “Jesus saith unto him (the high priest), 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” (Mt. 26:64).
 
A Passing Comment. The Savior could have just as truthfully referred to Himself as “Christ,” or “the Son of God,” or simply as “I” or “Me” or “He” in each of these instances. Instead, however, He over and again uses the words “Son of man.” As He speaks in this manner, hear Him reaching out to you and me, taking us by the hand, as it were, to bring us to the world to come. Let us see that we turn not a deaf ear to Him as He speaks in this manner!
 
Stephen’s Confession of Him. “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God” (Acts 7:56). When Stephen was stoned to death by the Jews, his acknowledgement of the Savior is worthy of consideration, as he was “full of the Holy Spirit” (v. 55) when he spoke. While this One that he saw was, and is, truly the Son of God, yet Stephen, as he was dying there and looking up to Heaven, acknowledged the Lord Jesus to be the Son of man.
 
Stephen did not fall down “as dead” in the way that John did (Rev. 1:17), being consumed with fear, for the moment, by a vision of the glorified Christ. It seems that the Lord Jesus was appearing there to Stephen, His first martyr, as a near Kinsman, and as “a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1), and thus he saw Him in the vision as “the Son of man.” And this vision of the Savior was, no doubt, a great consolation to Stephen in this time of suffering.
 
The Revelation. Even in the Revelation there are at least two occasions where the Lord Jesus Christ is revealed to be the Son of man (Rev. 1:13; 14:14). Lest we should be left with the impression that the Godhead is once again at a distance from us because of the ascension and resurrection of the Lord Jesus, let us ever bear in mind that even there at “the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens” (Heb. 8:1; 12:2; I Tim. 2:5), Christ is known as “the Man Christ Jesus” and “the Son of man.” May His Name forever be praised!
 
In Conclusion. The grand conclusion of the matter before us is that, by the grace of God, the great gulf that once separated Heaven and earth because of sin has now been bridged through the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God is now very near to us and is bidding us to avail ourselves of His great salvation in Christ. He is near to us because the sins of the world have been taken away by Christ, and because the Son of God is also the Son of man. --Editor



"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).