. . . even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
I still actually have to get used to the fact that it is not first about me serving Jesus, but that Jesus serves me. That looks like an upside-down world. After all, isn’t the servant the lesser? And if so, isn’t that why, together with all God’s children, I am called to serve the Lord?
Yet, it’s still primarily about the Lord serving me, that Jesus has come to be a servant. That he is called Son of man has everything to do with this. God’s Son came to earth and became human. He came to participate in our human existence in order to ultimately save it, for his service went so far that he gave his life as a ransom for many.
Jesus himself is always the one who refers to himself as the Son of man. In doing so, he continually shows how much he was one of us. It is as if he is saying: “I am the offspring of a human being!” This is how he was among us to serve, to wash feet and to enable people to get up and continue their journey.
But precisely as Son of man Jesus is also capable of doing superhuman things. Just listen to what he says:
But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he then said to the paralytic—”Rise, pick up your bed and go home.”
Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne.
Jesus is the Son of man. He is completely human. He came and dwelt among us to participate in our life and to serve us with his life. This is how I want to worship him.
Jesus, you are the Son of man. You became a human being on earth while you had so much divine glory in heaven. I worship you because you came as a human being to serve me and to lovingly give your life for me. I praise you because, as Son of man, you have the power to forgive and to judge. I look forward to your return upon the clouds of heaven. I now already see something of your powerful glory!