“The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again”
The Messiah is a descendant of Eve, Abraham and David. He is Prophet, Priest and King. He is both suffering Saviour and majestic Ruler.
This final image seems to have been the one that Jesus favoured – the Son of Man. He used the title as it was referred to in the prophecy of Daniel about one who looked like a human being.
- “There before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence” (Daniel 7:13)
- “He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:14)
Jesus applied this prophecy to Himself – as when He told the high priest that he would see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven (Mark 14:62). It was a claim by Jesus to both supreme authority and an everlasting kingdom – and a clear indication that He knew exactly who He was.
However He also used it in conjunction with Isaiah’s prophecies of the Suffering Servant – something that no one else had ever done.
“He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31)
It was only through suffering that He would enter into His glory – and take us with Him.
Did Jesus have to suffer?
“The Son of Man must suffer many things.” So may His followers in one way or another.
Heavenly Father, thank You so much for our glorious Saviour and Lord, and for all that He did suffer on my behalf. Please help me to live to His glory in times of ease and in times of hardship. Amen.