Son of Man Forever

We can only marvel at what we know about our faith. The Creator, the One greater than the universe, became the lowest of the low and died the sinner's death in order that no sinners would have to face that death themselves. The One who is equal with God, the One who is God, the One who is the highest and most exalted in all creation, becomes at the cross the lowest, even a curse for us, in order that we would never have to face that curse ourselves. Paul wrote about Christ "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:6-8)

Ellen White promises that "in Christ we become more closely united to God than if we had never fallen. In taking our nature, the Savior has bound Himself to humanity by a tie that is never to be broken. Through the eternal ages He is linked with us...God has adopted human nature in the person of His Son, and has carried the same into the highest heaven. It is the 'Son of man' who shares the throne of the universe." (DA 25) Not only did the Lord take upon Himself humanity, but He will retain that humanity forever; humanity, in the person of Christ, will share the throne of the universe for eternity.

Numerous times while here in the flesh, Jesus referred to Himself as the "Son of man," a clear reference to His humanity and His ties to the human family. He had to become human in order to be our substitute and example. "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." (Hebrews 2:14-18)

Not only did Jesus take upon Himself human nature, He needs that nature to be a "merciful and faithful high priest" in heaven. The humanity of Christ is the bond through which He has linked Himself with us, a link that He kept long after His work on earth had finished, a link that's crucial to the work He's doing for us in heaven as our high priest. "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1 Timothy 2:5) The man Christ Jesus, though still divine, retains the humanity that He first took upon Himself when He was born into this world. This humanity will never leave Him. The Bible gives us powerful reasons to believe that Christ is "forever to retain His human nature," the nature that He took with Him to heaven after His work on earth was done.

Ellen White writes about the end of sin, "One reminder alone remains: Our Redeemer will ever bear the marks of His crucifixion. Upon His wounded head, upon His side, His hands and feet, are the only traces of the cruel work that sin has wrought...And the tokens of His humiliation are His highest honor; through the eternal ages the wounds of Calvary will show forth His praise and declare His power." (GC 674)

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