Last month, I began reading Ellen G. White’s “Heaven”, a book with descriptions of Heaven and Jesus’s second coming. White’s writings tie in with scripture, and through them she encouraged everyone to look to God’s word for themselves. During her lifetime, White was granted visions of prophecy, and shared what she knew, all for the glory of God. To my knowledge, White never glorified herself. John 16:13, says that prophets never boast about themselves, and only speak what they hear, so I believe she was legit.
I probably got off topic. Anyway, I felt compelled to share with you something beautiful that I read for the first time today.
Son of Man. You know I’ve heard this title for Jesus many times during my lifetime, and I’d never given any serious thought to it or what it meant until today. It just goes to show you, a Christian life is still a learning life. What does it mean?
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit”. -Matthew 1:18 NKJV
By divine nature Jesus is the Son of God. By being born of Mary, a human, by definition this would make him the Son of Man(humankind). Take a minute to respectfully reflect some examples on the human nature of our Savior. Having a human mother, hungering in a wilderness for 40 days and nights and then being tempted(Matthew 4:1-11), sleeping (Matthew 8:23-27), shedding tears for his deceased friend Lazarus(John 11:35), experiencing separation from his parent(Matthew 27:46), bleeding and dying(Matthew 27:26, 50). Christ was very much divine, yet very much like us. If all of this is so, wouldn’t that make us connected to Jesus?
“In taking our nature, the Savior has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us. ‘God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son.’ John 3:16. He gave Him not only to bear our sins, and to die as our sacrifice, He gave Him to a fallen race. To assure us of his immutable counsel of peace, God gave His only- begotten Son to become one of the human family, forever to retain His human nature.”(White, 72)
Not only did Christ die for us; not only is He preparing mansions for us; not only is He coming back again, but by stepping down from his throne all those thousands of years ago to walk in our shoes, we are linked to Him. All of this because He loves us.
White, Ellen Gould Harmon. Heaven. Pacific Press Pub. Association, 2003.