Son of Man

When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, "Son, your sins are forgiven you." And some of the scribes were sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, "Why does this [Man] speak blasphemies like this? Who can forgive sins but God alone?" But immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they reasoned thus within themselves, He said to them, "Why do you reason about these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, '[Your] sins are forgiven you,' or to say, 'Arise, take up your bed and walk'? But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins"--He said to the paralytic, "I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house." Immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went out in the presence of them all, so that all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw [anything] like this!"

Mark 2:5-12 NKJV

This is the first time in the Gospel of Mark that the term Son of Man is used. The term Son of Man appears eighty-one times in the Gospels, but some don't know what it means. Daniel used the term Son of Man.

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. 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.

Daniel 7:13-14 NKJV

Notice that 'He', 'Him' and 'His' are all capitalized? One 'Him' (capitalized) is the Ancient of Days. Ancient of Days is a name for God in Aramaic, Greek and the Latin Vulgate (Atik Yomin, Palaios Hemeron and Antiquus Dierum), so we know why it is capitalized. The other capitalized 'He', 'Him' and 'His' refers to Someone with an everlasting kingdom. The picture is probably clearing for some. Others may need a little more clarification.

The term Son of Man also appears in Revelation.

and in the midst of the seven lampstands [One] like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair [were] white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet [were] like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance [was] like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, [fn] "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last."

Revelation 1:13-17 NKJV

In this instance, the Son of Man is the 'First and the Last'. I think we know who He is, don't we?

"I am the Alpha and the Omega, [the] Beginning and [the] End, the First and the Last."

Revelation 22:13 NKJ

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