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Why The Son of Man?

Son of God.
Son of man.

Two names describing Jesus, though seemingly contradictory. 

As John Piper says, "(Son of man) sounds more lowly and ordinary. So when he used it, his claims to kingship and glory and sovereignty didn’t sound so overt" (The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, page 36).  So, Jesus used this term when He connected Himself to the Old Testament prophecies of His coming.

So why is this a good thing?  Because it means that God's promises are true.  It shows that Jesus is Lord over all time and circumstance.  He is in control of everything!

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