Listen:  104 Question 5

Let’s start by reading Luke 17:28-33, “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.”

Over and over again in the Gospels, the Lord Jesus referred to Himself as the Son of man.  This title associated Him with all the world, going beyond the boundaries of the nation of Israel.  It is as the Son of man that He has been set over all the works of God’s hands.  Hebrews 2:5-9 tells us, “For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:  Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”

It is because the Son of God became the Son of man that He has been given dominion over all.  Christ is eternally the Son of God, but at His incarnation, He became the Son of man; He took on flesh and bones.  We go on to read in Hebrews 2:17, “Therefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”  We read of the Lord’s humility in becoming a man in Philippians 2:6-8 which says, “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.”  In past eternity, the Son of God was in the very form of God.  He made Himself of no reputation, or literally, He emptied Himself of His glory and took upon Himself the form of a servant.  Not just any servant, for angels are also servants.  No, He was made in the likeness of men.  It was as the Son of man, that the Lord Jesus died for our sins.  Hebrews 10:4-5 tells us, “For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.”  Then, we read in Hebrews 10:10, “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”  (104.5)