The crown of the year is a great time to consider again and meditate on some of the specifics of what we believe. While many are making new plans in the New Year, I like to take the first part of the year and freshly look at Jesus, allowing the revelation of who He is to reinvigorate my heart. Whenever I slow down to reset my gaze upon Him, I am always surprised by the wonder of even the basic ideas that are revealed about Him in the Scriptures.
I recently took time to meditate on three of these foundational truths about Jesus. Each of them, at a glance, is very simple, yet each is extremely profound when deeply considered. My study and meditation moved my heart and my hope is it does the same for you.
Came From Heaven
The first is that He came down from heaven. Multiple times in his earthly ministry, Jesus explicitly said of Himself that He “came down from heaven” (John 3:13, 6:33, 6:38, 6:51, 8:42, 16:28). You and I both have an earthly origin. But there is One whose origin didn’t begin in any earthly context. Before He was born in that stable, He was begotten of the Father, meaning He is coequal and coexistent with Him.
John the Baptist specifically testified to this very point:
He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all. –John 3:30-31
When we see Him the same way John did, we will live in the same manner – willingly decreasing that Jesus might increase.
Let the implications of this incredible truth wash over you. He came across the void from heaven to earth for love. He’s no mere man, not simply a prophet or a teacher. He’s God in the flesh, for who can claim that they have come down from heaven, but one who resides there evermore? When Jesus referred to Himself as coming down from heaven, He was testifying of His deity, for who else can come from heaven but God?
Son of Man
Next is the title that Jesus used the most in referring to Himself: Son of Man. The phrase “Son of Man” is a much-misunderstood phrase, especially by us who live 2000 years removed from the days in which Jesus used it.
When we hear the phrase Son of Man, we naturally think that it speaks of Jesus’ humanity. It is true that Jesus was a man who lived in 1st century Israel, was the son of a carpenter, was crucified and raised from the dead, and is now ascended to the right hand of God the Father. And the fact is that He is still a son of man and will be a human forever. He did not put off His humanity at His ascension. But this is not the fullness of the meaning of this phrase.
The likely reason He referred to Himself as the Son of Man is that He was referring to Himself as the figure from the vision of Daniel 7:
“13 I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed. –Dan 7:13-14
Consider it, every time Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of Man, He was referring to Himself as the man that would rule the Kingdom of the Most High. The title He used for Himself most often distinctly sets Him apart as the King of Kings, the One who will rule and reign forever and ever!
Ascended Into Heaven
Third is that after He was resurrected He once again ascended into Heaven. One of the key points that Jesus tried to explain to His disciples, but that they could not understand, was that He was not going to remain on earth in His first coming, He was going to return to Heaven (Mar 9:31-32).
Imagine the scene that day with the disciples gathered around the resurrected Christ, having spent forty days interacting with Him learning the secrets of the Kingdom. Suddenly a glory cloud began to form and encircle Him. Flashing light and power enveloped Him as they watched Him with their own eyes begin to ascend from earth to heaven and eventually go beyond their sight (Acts 1:9-11). Oh the wonder! Who is He that death could not hold Him? Who is He that has now ascended back where He came from?
Take a moment and consider the implications of these three simple truths: He came from heaven, He is the Son of Man, He ascended into heaven, and allow them to impart grace to your heart in the light of fresh revelation of Him.
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