Jesus Son of Man
Jesus quite often used the term Son of Man to refer to Himself. It might sound like a contradiction when we talk about the Son of Man and the Son of God both referring to Jesus, but Jesus clearly did mean no contradiction.
The term Son of Man describes Jesus’ humanity in all aspects and it does not limit His Godly nature in any way. Jesus was completely human, just like you and me except that He had no sin, while at the same time, He did not lay down His divinity to become human.
For Jesus to become the eternal Lamb of God, the One that was slaughtered once and for all, He had to be humankind. He had to resemble our human nature in totality in order to take our place on the cross. If Jesus was not human, in other words, if He was not also the Son of Man, how could He have carried our condemnation?
God’s law requires blood to be shed for the remission of sins. In ancient times the Jewish nation had to slaughter a perfect lamb every year to carry their sins as a nation and Jesus came to take that place once and for all, for all humanity. The lambs were just a shadow of things to come, which was fulfilled by Jesus to the letter. So Jesus became God’s perfect Lamb and no sacrifice would ever be needed again.
Romans 3 tell us that the wages of sin is death. No human being is able to stand before our God of righteousness and not be condemned to death. We have all sinned and we have all transgressed the law therefore we are all condemned if we do not accept the sacrificial death and resurrection of God’s perfect Lamb, who took our place.
For Jesus to take our place, He had to be human like us. When reading the gospels we see in the life of Jesus that He was human as He endured temptation, He had emotions, He had sorrows and He had gladness. He lived His life as a perfect example where everyone else will fail but He was the Son of God manifested also as the Son of Man to show us that God wants a relationship with us, so much so that Jesus lived amongst us as an example and took our place on the cross.
Now, we may stand before the Throne of Grace, made perfect by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ and have a direct relationship with our Father. Jesus was and is the Son of God and the Son of Man and so He will return to take His bride to be where His is also.