Devotional text: Daniel 7:13
There’s story of a man who noticed a very small flock of birds huddled near his garage door as a violent storm approached. His thought was that if he could somehow get them into his garage they’d be protected and safe. Of course, his every attempt to move, coerce and influence the movement of those birds was futile. They only scattered and fled with every approach. “If they just knew I was trying to help them” he thought. Finally he resigned himself to the notion that the only way he could possibly lead those vulnerable creatures to safety is if he were somehow to become a bird like them. Then they could know and then he could save them.
Jesus became a man, just like us, to lead us to the safety of the Father. He became one of us. He became like us. He suffered temptation in every point like us—yet without sin—so that He might be a faithful High Priest. He leads us. He is the initiator and the pioneer of our faith (Php. 2:6-8; Heb. 2:10, 17; 4:14-15; 12:2).
Jesus chose the title “Son of Man” to refer to Himself above all other names. Might it be that this is because He sees becoming one of us one of His most important achievements? His love is so great that even in designating Himself He chose the name that connects with us.
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