Rev 14:14 KJV – “And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.”
In this verse, we see Christ being described as “like unto the Son of man”. The very same title is also given to Christ in Rev 1:13. What can we learn about Christ from this title?
First of all, let’s look at the title “Son of man” and then we will look at “like unto”…
- “The Son of Man”
The title “son of man” refers to human beings. In Numbers 23:19 we are told that “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent:…” This is clearly equating the titles “man” with “the son of man”. The equation of these titles also takes place in Psa 8:4 and Jer 49:18 among several others.
So, when Christ is referred to as “the son of man” it is pointing to the humanity of Christ. Jesus was truly a human being “made of a woman, made under the law” (Gal 4:4). He was truly the seed of a woman and a part of the human race. (Gen 3:15, Luke 1:31, Luke 2:7) He was a man. It is for this reason, Christ gave Himself the title “the Son of man” in many places in the NT (Matt 8:20, Mark 8:38, etc etc etc)
- “Like Unto”
However, in our text Christ is said to be “like unto” the Son of man. What is meant by this? According to some false teachers, these verses prove He was not a man, but simply similar to a man. They have fallen into grave error and heresy.
This title isn’t saying He is not a man, it is saying He is MORE than just a man. He is God Himself (John 10:30-33), He is sinless (1 John 3:5), He is our Creator (Col 1:16-17). Although He is a man and appeared “in the likeness of sinful flesh” (Romans 8:3), He is so much more!
We should never look at Christ as simply the descendent of human beings (the Son of man). He was human, and He was “like” a typical human being, but in actuality, He was God Himself revealed to men in the flesh (“manifest in the flesh”) (1 Tim 3:16, John 14:9-11). This is why He is said to be “like unto the Son of man”
As the people of God, may we all praise our Lord for coming to the earth as a man and graciously living, ministering, dying, and arising among us. In doing so, He revealed His Father and Himself to us, redeemed us from our sins, and now sits as King of Kings and Lord of Lord over us!
May we serve our Lord with renewed strength knowing that God was among us and will someday return to get us and live with us eternally.
Mat 1:23 KJV – “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
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