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Why is Jesus called the Son of Man?

Submitted: 6/6/2008
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Question: I have been witnessing to a man and I dont know how to answer a question he posed to me today. In Matthew 16 why does Jesus refer to himself as the son of man instead of the son of God? What am I missing? Does he use that term because he was born here with Joesph and Mary even though we know was from God? 'For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works' (Matthew 16:27). Can you help shed some light?

Answer: The term 'Son of Man' is used to emphasize the humanity of Jesus. In the Hebrew language it is 'ben adam' (son of Adam), which is a common term roughly equivalent to our term 'person.'