Really knowing the true Messiah

Do we really know the true Messiah, Jesus the Christ, the son God? If we want to know the truth regarding who Jesus is, how and where can we discover this? Who will reveal it to us?

Matt 16: 15-17 NASB

‭‭‬‬“He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.”
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So if we earnestly desire to know the true Jesus then we can expect the Father to reveal him to us if we diligently search His scriptures and listen to what He tells us.
Last time we found that the priests and people of Jesus time did not expect a ‘suffering servant Messiah’ at his first coming, and had not understood that many of the scriptures had described this initial appearing. We also saw that he was ‘the lamb of God’ sacrificed to take away our sin, and that the ‘Passover Lamb’ was to be spotless and without blemish – Jesus never sinned, but died on the cross for our sins, so that we may be saved.

Does Peter confirm this?

1 Pet 1:18-19 NASB
“knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.”

1 Pet 3:18 NASB
“For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;”


‭‭Was the Father reconciling the world to Himself through Jesus sacrifice?
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2 Cor 5:18-19 NASB
“Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, namely, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”

‭‭Let us look at what the Hebrew scriptures said about Messiah (Christ) Jesus in advance. Would Yahweh raise him up to be a prophet like Moses, from among their brethren, who you must listen to?‬‬

Deuteronomy 18:15 NJB
Yahweh your God will raise up a prophet like me; you will listen to him.

Does Hebrews confirm that he was like his brethren ‘in every respect’?

Hebrews 2:17 NASB
“Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
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Was the Messiah to be a man?

Isa 53:3 NJB
he was despised, the lowest of men, a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering, one from whom, as it were, we averted our gaze, despised, for whom we had no regard.

Jeremiah 33:15-17 RSV
15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring forth for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’
17 “For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel,

Daniel 7:13 NJB
I was gazing into the visions of the night, when I saw, coming on the clouds of heaven, as it were a son of man. He came to the One most venerable and was led into his presence.

Is ‘son of man’ another way of expressing and equivalent to ‘man’?

Numbers 23:19 RSV
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should repent. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfil it

Psalms 8:4 NASB
“What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?”


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Psalms 80:17 NASB ‬‬
“Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, Upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself.”
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Was Ezekiel continuously referred to as ‘son of man’, meaning man?

Ezekiel 2:1 NASB
“Then He said to me, “Son of man, stand on your feet that I may speak with you!”

(You may also look up 3:1, 4, 10, 4:1, 5:1, 6:1 etc etc throughout the book)

Ezekiel 3:1 NASB
“Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.””

‭‭Ezekiel 3:4 NASB‬‬
“Then He said to me, “Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel.

Ezekiel 3:10 NASB
Then He said to me, “Son of man, go to the house of Israel and speak with My words to them.”

‭‭Ezekiel 4:1 NASB‬‬
“”Now you son of man, get yourself a brick, place it before you and inscribe a city on it, Jerusalem.”

‭‭Ezekiel 5:1 NASB ‬‬
“”As for you, son of man, take a sharp sword; take and use it as a barber’s razor on your head and beard. Then take scales for weighing and divide the hair.”

‭‭Ezekiel 6:2 NASB‬‬
“”Son of man, set your face toward the mountains of Israel, and prophesy against them
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The name ‘Adam’ in Hebrew means ‘man, mankind’ – Strong’s Hebrew Concordance number 120, and is the word translated man throughout the Hebrew scriptures, typically in the phrase ‘son of man’.

Genesis 3:20-21 NASB
“Now the man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all the living. The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”
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Did Jesus often refer to himself as ‘the son of man’?

Matthew 11:19 NASB
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.””
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Mark 14:21 NASB
For the Son of Man is to go just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.””
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A few other scriptures for you to look up where Jesus calls himself ‘the son of man’ are: Matthew 26:2, 24, Luke 22:22, Matthew 16:27, Luke 7:34, Matthew 24:30, Mark 2:10, Matthew 9:6, Mark 2:28

Matthew 26:2 NASB
“”You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man is to be handed over for crucifixion.””

Matthew‬ ‭26:24‬ ‭NASB‬‬‬‬
The Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.””
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Luke 22:22 NASB
‭‭ “For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!””‬‬

‭‭ Matthew 16:27 NASB ‬‬
“For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and WILL THEN REPAY EVERY MAN ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS.”

‭‭Luke 7:34 NASB ‬‬
“The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’

‭‭Matthew 24:30 NASB ‬‬
“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.”

Mark 2:10 NASB ‭‭‬‬
“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” -He said to the paralytic,”

Note: In the original bible text ‘son of man’ has no capital letters, that is a choice of the translators.

Matthew 9:6 NASB
“But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” -then He said to the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your bed and go home.””

‭‭Mark 2:28 NASB ‬‬
So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.””

Did Jesus say he was a man?

John 8:40 NASB
“But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do.”
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Mark‬ ‭14:62‬ ‭NASB‬‬ ‬‬
“And Jesus said, “I am; and you shall see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING WITH THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.””
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John the Baptist said Jesus was a man:

John 1:29-30 NASB
“The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is He on behalf of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who has a higher rank than I, for He existed before me.’”
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The people who followed him said he was a man and agreeing with John:

John 10:40-41 NASB
“And He went away again beyond the Jordan to the place where John was first baptizing, and He was staying there. Many came to Him and were saying, “While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true.””

Did Peter confirm Jesus was a man?

Acts2:22 NASB
“”Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know-”
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Did even the High Priest say Jesus was a man?

John 11:49-52 NASB
“But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation, and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.”
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Was Jesus resurrected as a ‘flesh and bones’ man:

Luke 24:36-43 NASB
“While they were telling these things, He Himself stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be to you.” But they were startled and frightened and thought that they were seeing a spirit. And He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. While they still could not believe it because of their joy and amazement, He said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave Him a piece of a broiled fish; and He took it and ate it before them.”
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Verse 39 above says a spirit does not have flesh and bones. Is God spirit?

John4:24 NASB
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.””
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After Jesus’ ascension into heaven is he still called a man?

1 Timothy 2:3-6 NASB
“This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time.”

1 Corinthians 15:21-22 NASB
“For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.”
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Romans 5:15-17 NASB
“But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many. The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification. For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
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Acts 17:31 RSV
because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all men by raising him from the dead.

‭Will Jesus return at his second coming in power as ‘the son of man’?

Matthew 24:30 NASB
“And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory.”
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Mark 13:26 NASB
Then they will see THE SON OF MAN COMING IN CLOUDS with great power and glory.”
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Luke 18:8 NASB
“I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?””

‭‭Summary‬‬
We have seen from the scriptures above that Jesus Messiah (Christ) was prophesied to come as a man, came as a man as witnessed by John the Baptist, the High Priest, his disciples, and the people who followed him. He was resurrected as a ‘flesh and bones’ man, and after his ascension into heaven he is still referred to as a man. We have also seen that when Jesus returns at his second coming in power and glory he will still be ‘the son of man’.
Jesus was the perfect sinless man who died as our Passover Lamb, by which the Father, Yahweh God, was reconciling us to Himself.

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