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"The Son of man." --John 3:13
How constantly our Master used the title, the "Son of man!" If He had chosen,
He might always have spoken of Himself as the Son of God, the Everlasting
Father, the Wonderful, the Counsellor, the Prince of Peace; but behold the
lowliness of Jesus! He prefers to call Himself the Son of man. Let us learn a
lesson of humility from our Saviour; let us never court great titles nor proud
degrees. There is here, however, a far sweeter thought. Jesus loved manhood so
much, that He delighted to honour it; and since it is a high honour, and indeed,
the greatest dignity of manhood, that Jesus is the Son of man, He is wont to
display this name, that He may as it were hang royal stars upon the breast of
manhood, and show forth the love of God to Abraham's seed. Son of
man--whenever He said that word, He shed a halo round the head of Adam's
children. Yet there is perhaps a more precious thought still. Jesus Christ
called Himself the Son of man to express His oneness and sympathy with His
people. He thus reminds us that He is the one whom we may approach without fear.
As a man, we may take to Him all our griefs and troubles, for He knows them by
experience; in that He Himself hath suffered as the "Son of man," He is able to
succor and comfort us. All hail, Thou blessed Jesus! inasmuch as Thou art
evermore using the sweet name which acknowledges that Thou art a brother and a
near kinsman, it is to us a dear token of Thy grace, Thy humility, Thy love.
"Oh see how Jesus trusts Himself
Unto our childish love,
As though by His free ways with us
Our earnestness to prove!
His sacred name a common word
On earth He loves to hear;
There is no majesty in Him
Which love may not come near."