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The Son of Man
by Dr.Arsenio Esteras, Jr
2/02/2009 / Bible Studies
"Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in Him." (John 13:31)
"Judas, would you betray the Son of Man with a kiss?" (Luke 22:48)
"If anyone in this faithless and corrupt age is ashamed of me and my doctrine, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes with the holy angels in His father's glory." (Mark 8:38)
"We are going up to Jerusalem now. There the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, who will condemn Him to death" (Matthew 20:18)
Very so often in the gospel narratives of the four (4) evangelists OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST emphatically referred to Himself as the Son of Man. Yet, it was never mentioned in any of the four (4) evangelical writings that He was ever asked or questioned by anybody even by any of His disciples why He kept on calling Himself as such. Most of those who were monitoring His activities, both skeptics and disciples alike, were quick to declare He was just an ordinary man who cannot be more than a prophet. He cannot be a divinity. Many were astounded and praised GOD with His works but many too did not bother to listen to and ponder His words that are more precious to Him than His entire creation that cannot come to being if not for His omnipotent words. They were megastar-struck and lost their sensibilities even up to this computer age that they look at GOD as a mystery and all the significant supernatural divine realities that enveloped and involved Him as all mysteries. Nevertheless, they had the gall to explain the mystery based on their human perception that they had the temerity to pass off and propagate as gospel truth.
If we look up to GOD as a mystery, He will look down at us also as a mystery. The yardstick or judgment that we use will be used against us. All is fair in love.
Not even once did He ever refer to Himself as the Son of Adam yet He was referred to, inexplicably though, as the antithesis of Adam in the encyclicals and dogma of the Roman Catholic Church when the Scriptural fact is Adam was just a mere creature and the Son of Man is GOD who is one with the Creator. Adam defied an order of GOD. The Son of Man issued orders because He is GOD. The antithesis or exact opposite of Adam then must be a person who obeyed the order of GOD. Judas Iscariot obeyed the order of GOD no matter what it is at the crucial moment in fulfillment of the Scriptures. Therefore, the antithesis of Adam is Judas Iscariot and not the Son of Man who is GOD.
It was never written in Sacred Scriptures that He referred to Himself as the Son of man. Why was this so? What was the Scriptural basis of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST in referring to Himself as the Son of Man knowing fully well at this time that He was sent to the world in fulfillment of the Scriptures? What message, teaching, or lesson was He conveying or did He impart to His listeners in repeatedly referring to Himself as the Son of Man? Who was Man OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST was referring to if not Adam? What was the relationship or significant common denominator between OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and Man? The Scriptural answers to the questions forwarded can be extracted from the short story of Man in the Book of Genesis verbatim, as follows:
Then Yahweh God formed Man, dust drawn from the soil, and breathed into his nostrils a breath of life and Man became alive with breath. God planted a garden in Eden in the east and there He placed Man whom He had created. Yahweh God caused to grow from the ground every kind of tree that is pleasing to see and good to eat, also the tree of Life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Yahweh god took Man and placed him in the garden of Eden to till it and take care of it. Then Yahweh God gave an order to Man saying, "You may eat of every tree in the garden, but of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, you will not eat, for on the day you eat of it, you will die."
Yahweh God said, "It is not good for Man to be alone; I will give him a helper to be like him." Then Yahweh God formed from the earth all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air and brought them to Man to see what he would call them; and whatever Man called every living creature, that was its name.
So Man gave names to all the cattle, the birds of the air and to every beast of the field. But he did not find among them a helper like himself. Then Yahweh God caused a deep sleep to come over Man and he fell asleep. He took one of his ribs and filled its place with flesh. The rib which Yahweh God had taken from Man he formed into a woman and brought her to man. (Genesis 2:7-9,15-22)
Following the wisdom of GOD from the preceding gospel narrative of the Book of Genesis of the Holy Book, Man was created in the image and likeness of GOD by a direct divine supernatural act of GOD who is Spirit, that is, Man, formed from the soil of the earth came alive with breath by the breath of GOD who is Spirit. Therefore, Man was a Spirit-powered divine person, a supernatural divine person who cannot die, who did not die, who never died because he did not eat from the forbidden tree. He just slept. His body that was inseparable from the Spirit that animated it never returned to dust. He was never an imperfect natural and human person like one of us whose body is subject to death and majority returned or will return to dust. He was, until his direct divine supernatural transformation, a perfect divine supernatural person.
Upon arriving, the angel said to her: "Rejoice, O highly favored daughter! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among all women." She was deeply troubled by his words, and wondered what his greeting meant. The angel went on to say to her, "Do not fear, Mary. You have found favor with God. You shall conceive and bear a son and give him the name Jesus."
Mary said to the angel, "How can this be since I do not know man?" The angel answered her: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence the holy offspring to be born will be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:28-31,34-35)
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, if we follow the wisdom of the word of GOD in the preceding gospel of Luke in the New Testament came to being on earth by a direct divine supernatural act of the Holy Spirit who is GOD. OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST was conceived in the womb of the simple virgin from Nazareth by the direct divine action of the Holy Spirit who is GOD and not by Joseph the carpenter. Therefore, like Man in the Book of Genesis, the Messiah was a Spirit-powered divine Person from the beginning. He was a perfect divine supernatural Person who cannot die and who never died because He is one with the Father. He just held His breath, immersed Himself in the abode of the dead and slept with the dead and then rose as if nothing ever happened. His divine flesh did not return to dust unlike the human being whose body is subject to death and corruption. For the sake of emphasis, OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST was a perfect divine supernatural Person who is GOD and Spirit through all eternity.
When they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. One of the soldiers thrust a lance to His side, and immediately blood and water flowed out. (This testimony has been given by an eyewitness, and his testimony is true. He tells what he knows is true, so that you may believe.) (John 19:33-35)
Following the wisdom of the gospel text from John the Beloved, it is unerringly consistent with the repeated claim of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST that He is the Son of Man and never a natural person or a human being at any instance while He walked this earth. When a lance is pierced or stabbed on the side of a natural person or a human being only blood will flow out and that is a non-debatable natural occurrence. In the case of the Son of Man, blood and water flowed out from His side and there is an eyewitness account of such unnatural phenomenon. That was just another of the so many incontestable evidence of Divinity that runs parallel with His supernatural conception that has not been duplicated by even the greatest human being this terrestrial world has ever known. He was not an ordinary man as persistently claimed by the self-righteous and learned Scribes and Pharisees during that epoch in the history of mankind. He did not became man as propagated and proclaimed as gospel truth by the modern day Scribes and Pharisees of this evil and corrupt age who have fortified their authority and lofty positions in all the Christian Churches including the Church that prides itself as the "church founded on Peter".
On deeper thought, if OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST can transfigure Himself, if He can walk on a body of water like walking on land, if He can make a dead man live just by a mere utterance, if He can calm a storm with a meager verbal output, if He can multiply a few loaves to so many with a surplus at that, if He can change gallons of water to gallons of finest wine, then making Himself look like dead when He just held His breath like no human person can is a piece of cake.
It is such a cynical mystery why the Christian religions cannot see through all these repeated manifestations of Divinity and insist that GOD became man, that He stripped Himself of His Divinity and humbled Himself as if Divinity is just a mask or an outfit that can be worn or stripped or shed off so easily. It has no Scriptural basis at all. It's all a figment of imagination of their fertile demonic minds that stubbornly refuse to conform to the words that shall not pass away. Besides, how can the divine Person whose words and utterances created the whole universe pass away and die? Give it a thought!
GOD in the divine Person of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST never humbled Himself to His creatures that He created in His image and likeness and abandoned His word for the word of the anti-GOD that is the ancient serpent. He came down on this earth totally bereft of terrestrial riches not to humble Himself but to convey to all of us the meaning of His Divinity and Immortality. He did not need milk or food to survive because He was not a mortal being. His kingdom is not of this world. He was not a terrestrial person therefore He did not have terrestrial needs. He can survive without all the best things that this penal colony called earth can offer because this world is just the tip of the iceberg of His creation. Did He not fast for forty days and forty nights in the wilderness accompanied not by human persons but by wild beasts? He did not bring with Him any human person to fast with Him in the wilderness because the human person would either die of hunger or fear. No human person will survive fasting like that even at the confines and comfort of its mansion or ghetto. It will surely end up surrounded by flies and then later its cadaver fitted in a casket surrounded by flowers of bereavement.
When He allowed Himself to be mercilessly flagellated, savagely scourged, mockingly slandered and brutally slaughtered and cannibalized by the meanest acts that man in his extreme hatred and animosity can offer He did not humble Himself. He showcased His Divinity and Immortality in the exact reverse of how He displayed His awesome power over His creation as the one true and only GOD or Divinity. As a divine Person who has no life span He can take all the hurt or terrestrial power that man who has a limited life span can throw at him.
The moment He created us in His image and likeness He already loved us. We do not need any further proof and have no right to demand any further proof. It is incumbent upon us to quench His thirst for our love based on His own standards and not on our own standards. The Creator who is GOD cannot and can never humble Himself to His creature that plays GOD because the creature has the mark of Satan. It is the master of duplicity one way or the other. It abandoned the order of the Creator for the enticement of the Impostor. It is the high point of naivety of the self-righteous miserable creatures to declare that OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST humbled Himself to teach the virtue of humility to His spiteful but most loved creatures. It was Joseph the husband of Mary who humbled his humanity before GOD by obeying His orders in silence. It was Mary, the simple virgin from Nazareth, who humbled the totality of herself to GOD as His servant forever. It was Judas Iscariot, the thief, who humbled his mortal self before GOD by complying with a perplexing order whatever it is that made him a "Friend" of the Rabbi who is GOD. They were the role models of humility that pleased GOD. They were able to quench the thirst of GOD for love that GOD required of His creatures that He patterned after Himself. He wants a selfless love. No more, no less.
Now, it is very clear from Sacred Scriptures that OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and Man came to being by a direct divine supernatural act of GOD who is Spirit. Man came to being by divine exhalation. OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST came to being on earth by divine conception. Both acts of GOD are not subject to Natural Law because it is simply not natural. It is not a natural or sanguine relationship of a natural son to a natural father or something of the sort. It is a supernatural relationship at the highest level that connotes nonpareil Divinity or Godliness. No other persons on this earth came to being in the same manner that OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and Man did. Again, the significant common denominator between OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST and Man is that they came to being by the direct divine supernatural act of the same and only GOD who is Spirit. That is the only Scriptural basis for the repeated reference of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST to Himself as the Son of Man. Nowhere in the Holy Book of Truth did He refer to Himself as the Son of Adam because Adam, as we know it, was the imperfect man who sinned that transformed him to a natural person or a human being just like one of us. Nowhere, too, in the Holy Bible did OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST referred to Himself as the Son of man because man, as we know it, was the imperfect divine person who had an incomplete set of ribs. The message of the Rabbi that His listeners including His disciples never bothered to ask and, in effect, never understood when He declared many times that He is the Son of Man was that He was never a human being the moment He set foot on this terrestrial world and all throughout the duration of His visitation during that epoch of epochs in the history of the world. He was GOD every step of the way but the fragmented and self-righteous Christian religions cannot swallow that hook line and sinker by the way they profess their faith. To them, He is the "God made man" or the "GOD-man" and not the Son of Man.
Make no mistake about it. OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST is a Supreme Divinity. The power of His words is equipotent when He visited this cursed earth as when He created it. Those with whom He mingled with during His epoch of a visit witnessed it. Some of those eyewitnesses narrated the humanly unexplainable feats He performed but they did not explain it. The paradox is: The authorities of today's Christian religions who read what was narrated in simple language tried to explain it by conceptualizing, theorizing and assuming. They end up concluding that GOD in the divine Person of OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST is also human or He is a "GOD-man". They applied the duplicity that they inherited from Adam and Eve upon Him who is GOD.
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