2nd Week of Advent (10-16 Dec)
Fully Human (Son of Man)
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:30-33
When the angel tells Mary, “you will conceive in your womb and bear a son…” we find that Jesus being born of Mary is fully human and one who will save people from their sins. This week we will focusing on the “Son of Man” scriptures and discover how as a man he saves us from our sin and brings us into God’s kingdom.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does it mean to you that Jesus was fully human as the Son of Mary, Son of Man?
Monday – Lord of the Sabbath
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:1-5
As we look to the scripture that Jesus calls himself, Son of Man, it is over a teaching of the Sabbath. Here, Jesus entitles the son of man as Lord of the Sabbath. As the issue of what is lawful to do on the Sabbath is in question, Luke records Jesus saying it this way. In Mark’s account of it (Mark 2:23-28) he adds “the Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.” The main point is the Sabbath was made for our good – a day of rest with God and we are to be free to observe it as Jesus the Christ leads for our lives and our good.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does this say to you how you should observe the Sabbath?
Tuesday – Who do you say that I Am?
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:18-22
After praying with only the disciples around Him, Jesus asks them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” This is to get them to think about who Jesus is not just by what the crowds say but more importantly about “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answers correctly, “You are the Messiah.” This is the one who is going to bring God’s people into God’s Kingdom as God’s family. Jesus then warns them about what lies ahead for the Messiah, “The Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” We must understand, believe this, and not be afraid to talk about Jesus in our lives – the Son of Man as the Messiah and what it took to be our Messiah.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does it mean to believe what we say and say what we believe concerning Jesus as the Son of Man, the Messiah?
Wednesday – They were afraid to ask Him…
Scripture Reading: Luke 9:43-45
Though the crowds were amazed at what Jesus was doing, the disciples got a reality check from Jesus when He said to them, “Let these words sink into your ears: The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into human hands.” Jesus was preparing them to know what is in store for him as the Messiah. They didn’t understand, whether it was kept from them or they didn’t really want to understand, as it was different than what they thought was the future for Jesus as the Messiah. Still, they were afraid to ask Jesus for clarification.
Pastor’s Pondering: How have you encountered a hard teaching as a Christian that you may not want to accept?
Thursday – Son of Man/Son of God
Scripture Reading: Luke 22:66-71
When Jesus appears before the council, they ask him if he is the Messiah. Jesus replies by pointing at their own hearts, “If I tell you, you will not believe; and if I question you, you will not answer.” Then he describes the vision of “the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the power of God.” When they reply with, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” which is the punishable statement, Jesus responds with, “You say that I am.” They said it, not him, but they will convict him of it. But, as the Messiah, both parts are true – Son of Man, Son of God.
Pastor’s Pondering: What do our convictions say about who we believe Jesus to be in our lives?
Friday – The Descended Son of Man
Scripture Reading: John 3:13
As we switch to the gospel of John, we find the Son of Man title used by Jesus in the infamous Nic at Night from which we get John 3:16. When Jesus describes himself to Nicodemus as the Son of Man, it is to highlight that the reason he can talk about “heavenly things” is that he is the only one who descended from heaven. Jesus is the eye-witness account not just of heaven but of God’s ways and salvation. Jesus is the only one who can truly reveal to us God because he is the one descended as the Son of Man.
Pastor’s Pondering: How does this teaching give Jesus the authority to tell us about God and the reason for us to listen?
Saturday – God sent His Son…
Scripture Reading: John 3:14-18
The rest of the story of the Son of Man, is to describe how this son will save the world by bringing to it everlasting life in God. God’s plan in Christ, is to give to us not condemnation (that we deserve) but to give us life in Christ. God sent his son who was fully a man, to suffer and to die so that in his resurrection, we could be resurrected to new life in the light of God which is God’s love.
Pastor’s Pondering: What does it mean to you that Jesus was fully human in all that he did in his life, death, and resurrection for us?