By Rev. Junchol Lee
We use a calendar that has 12 months and 365 days in it. As it nears December 31st, we feel as though something is getting close to an end, and yet on January 1st it feels like a new beginning. Our life is composed of many endings and beginnings. We may live one life, but within this one life we have many different journeys.
(References: Habakkuk 3:17)
The Lord, in some places, calls Himself 'the son of God,' at other times, 'the son of man (ἄνθρωπος).' This is always according to the context. When His divinity, His unity with the Father, His divine power, faith in Him, and the life that is from Him, are the subject, He is called 'the son of God,' as in John 5:17-20, and elsewhere. But when the passion, the judgment, His coming, and generally redemption, salvation, reformation, and regeneration are the subject, He is called 'the son of man.' The reason for this is because He is discussed as the Word, and as the Word, He suffers, judges, comes into the world, redeems, saves, reforms, and regenerates. He is 'the son of man' when judgment is the subject, because all judgment is executed according to the divine truth, in the Word. This judges every one, as the Lord Himself declares in John 12:47, 48, and 3:17, 18. (The word ἄνθρωπος (transliterated as anthrópos), is the Greek word for mankind in general, not just a male human).