Jesus Christ was virgin born – the Seed of a Woman. This sounds like it might be contradictory to another title, one Jesus used for himself, “Son of Man.”
For some, the duality of Christ perplexes them and causes them to stumble. “If he was born only from a woman’s seed, then how can he claim to be the son of man?”
It’s a dichotomy but not a deal breaker. In fact, the humanity of Christ is essential to his ability to redeem humankind and minister as their perfect high priest.
Even though Jesus avoided the taint of sin by having no earthly father, he was a human being. God used Mary’s DNA to form Jesus into a Jewish boy. Further, this human DNA contained King David’s bloodline.
Note, the title Jesus claims is not “son of a man.” By leaving out the direct article, he broadens the scope. He’s not any one man’s son but he is the son of humankind. By claiming to be the Son of man, Jesus embraces his humanity.
Only a human could pay the debt owed because of sin. A man initiated the debt through disobedience. God told him the penalty in advance “thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17). Therefore, only a man could become the perfect blood sacrifice necessary to cancel this sin debt.
In Christ’s own words, “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). He had a mission and in order to fulfill it, he had to be born of the flesh.
According to this writer’s personal count, this title is used 87 times in the New Testament. Most of the time it is the way Jesus refers to himself. Rather than saying “I am come to seek and to save” in Luke 19:10, he speaks of himself in the third person using the humbling title “Son of man.”
What is the point of such an emphasis on his humanity? Aside from the fact that he had to be a man to pay Adam’s debt, Jesus’ humanity encourages us.
“For we have not an high priest (Jesus) which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
Knowing that Jesus felt pain in his body encourages me to go to him with my own pain. After all, he’ll understand. He’s been there before.
Jesus was betrayed by a close friend so he understands the emotional pain we often face. When we seek his comfort for this pain, he offers it as someone who knows exactly how it cuts to the quick.
We have a dual nature and can overcome sin. Jesus had a duality of personage – 100 percent human and 100 percent God. His example of perfection should become our goal.
If Jesus wasn’t the Son of man, he could not have paid the price for the sin of mankind. Because he is the Son of man, he has perfect understanding of all the afflictions we face because of our human flesh.
Up next week – Jesus: Lamb of God