In the days of His earthly journey, Jesus was known as the Son of Man.
Did you know that, in His Middle Eastern Culture, Son of Man was an idiom meaning one of us?
As we apply that to our contemporary thinking, some folks, unfortunately, make two erroneous applications:
- Some are afraid that thinking of Jesus as the Son of Man and meaning one of us devalues His Lordship.
- Others also feel that thinking of Jesus as one of us means a sinner like us.
But, both of those trains of thought are erroneous. The idea of Jesus being one of us meant that He perfectly related to us as a man of this earth. He lived His earth-existence as a human being. Without the core of a sin nature; but as a real person.
Think with me. Make sure to, at least attempt, setting aside pre-learned religious thinking.
Matthew 11:19 (NLT), “The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, ‘He’s a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!’ But wisdom is shown to be right by its results.”
One day as I was praying, Jesus said to me, “Call Me brother.” At first, I wondered, “Am I making this up?” However, Romans 8:29 immediately came to mind confirming the fact that Jesus was the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. Although I would still know Him as my Lord, I didn’t to also know Him in a more “human” way, like my brother. Since then, I call Jesus my brother often.
Note: I realize that the term ‘firstborn’ literally refers to the importance of the person and not a numerical birth order. But, it is also accurate to recognize that it is legitimate to think of it numerically.
Several thoughts can be emphasized on this subject, but the main idea that I would like to convey in this article is the following:
For us to mature in an accurate and satisfying relationship with Jesus, it is essential for our experiences with Jesus to have the added dimension of ‘normal humanity.’ We have suffered (yes, I said suffered) under the gray cloak of religiosity in our communication with, and feelings about Jesus.
Jesus wants to communicate with us on a full level of ‘brotherly’ expressions. Instead of the whole of our prayer life being to receive a healing, the solution to a financial need, or solving some other critical issue we have, the building of friendship is essential to what Jesus desires; He with us, and us with Him. That includes all kinds of light conversation. He even has a playful mood with me. I reciprocate. He loves it, and I love it. Since I’ve been on this new journey of a full friendship with Jesus, something remarkable has developed.
When I pray, it ‘feels’ like I’m talking to the most amazing big brother. This feeling has not diminished a sense of His Lordship in my life. It has made it much stronger. My faith has accelerated!
My prayer for you is that you’ll discover a fresh revelation of what a personal relationship with Jesus includes. One day it will happen to the fullest measure in heaven, but there’s much more most of us can realize now.
“I no longer call you servants….Instead, I have called you friends…”
There was a time when I thought I already understood friendship with Jesus. I sang songs like the old time, “What A Friend We Have In Jesus”, and Israel Houghton’s, “I Have A Friend In God”. However, I discovered that there is a much more profound depth of experiencing that reality.