Why does Jesus call Himself the Son of Man?

Let me explain  why Jesus calls himself Son of man. Son  of man is an Aramaic expression  meaning a man, a human being. So Jesus Christ calls  himself Son of man  because he’s truly human, he’s a man by  nature. But he also calls himself Son of man for  another reason. Daniel 7:13-14.  I saw in the night visions and behold  one like the Son of man came with the  clouds of heaven  and came to the ancient of days and they  brought him near before him.  Daniel the prophet, over 600 years before  the birth of Christ,  sees someone who looks like a human  being, a Son of man, and he’s riding the  clouds of heaven  and he comes to the ancient of days and there was given him dominion, the power to rule, and glory, and a  kingdom  that all people, nations and languages  should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion,  which shall not pass  and his kingdom shall not be  destroyed. Daniel sees a human figure who’s more  than human,  a Son of man coming  on the clouds. This human figure  approaches the ancient of days, which in  the New Testament would be God the  Father. And when he approaches God the Father,  he’s given a kingdom  that’s indestructible. He’s an eternal  king who rules forever  over an indestructible kingdom and all  nations and languages and peoples  must worship, serve him. In other words, this Son of man is not an ordinary human being. Though  human, he’s more than human. He’s fully  divine. He’s God in human appearance, God in  human form,  God in human flesh. How do I know he’s  God in human flesh? Because all nations worship him the way  they worship God. He rides the clouds, which is something  only God does. And he rules forever over  all  nations. 

So that’s two divine  persons – the ancient of days who’s God  the Father,  the Son of man who’s also God, one with  the Father but personally distinct. Jesus claims to be the Son of man that  Daniel saw, not just an ordinary son of  man. That Son of man that Daniel saw, that’s  God in the flesh, that’s who Jesus  claimed to be. There was given  him dominion, glory and kingdom  that all people, nations, language should  serve him. The aramaic verb “pelach”  is “worship” given to God alone. His dominion is an everlasting dominion,  which shall not pass away, and his  kingdom, which shall not be destroyed.  He is served (Aramaic “Pelach” because this portion is in aramaic)  worshiped  by all peoples and nations forever and  he reigns forever. In Daniel 7:27, that same verb  “served” is used for the Most High.  Daniel 7:27  And the kingdom and dominion and the  greatness of the kingdom under the whole  heaven  shall be given to the people of the  saints of the Most High (i.e. us  believers)  whose kingdom is an everlasting  kingdom  and all dominion shall serve and obey  him. The Most High is God almighty. All  dominions shall serve and obey the most  high. All dominions shall  worship the Most High (it’s the same verb). How can the Son of man be served,  worshiped by all nations  in the same way that all dominions serve,  worship the Most High, if the Son of man  is not God? Because it’s the same verb. All dominions  will serve the Most High,  all nations will serve the Son of man  forever. How can the Son of man be  served by all nations forever in the  same way that the Most High is served,  when that kind of service can only be  given to God? What does this tell us about the Son of  man? So if the Son of man  is receiving the same service by all  nations forever, that the Most  High receives and only the Most High can  be served in that manner,  not a creature (that will be idolatry),  what does this tell us about  the Son of man

Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions and  behold one like the Son of man come  with the clouds of heave. The Son of man rides the clouds of  heaven. No one but God almighty  in the Old Testament rides the clouds of  heaven. Did you know that  even in the ancient near eastern  peoples, the pagan nations surrounding  Israel,  they too believed and affirmed  that only gods ride clouds. They too viewed riding the clouds  as a divine function, something that only  divine beings did. According to the Old Testament, the Hebrew Bible, Jehovah and Jehovah alone rides the  clouds of heaven  but Daniel 7:13 says that  the Son of man rides the clouds of  heaven.

Nahum 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger and great  in power and will not at all acquit the  wicked. The Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and  in the storm and the clouds are the dust  of his feet.  Jehovah rides the clouds, the clouds are  the dust of his feet.

Isaiah 19:1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, Jehovah the Lord rideth upon a  swift cloud and  shall come into Egypt and the idols of  Egypt shall be moved at his presence and  the heart of Egypt shall melt in  the midst of it.

Psalm 104:3  Who layeth the beams of his chambers in  the waters, who maketh the clouds his  chariot? (Jehovah makes the clouds his chariot) Who  walketh upon the wings of the wind? So the clouds are the chariot of Jehovah.  Jehovah comes in a swift cloud the  clouds  are the dust of Jehovah’s feet.

Psalm 68:4 Sing unto God, sing praises to his name,  extol him that rideth upon the heavens  by his name Jah and rejoice before him. He rides the heavens, he rides the clouds,  the clouds are the dust of his feet, he  comes in a cloud.

Daniel saw another divine figure, the  ancient of days,  and the Son of man came to the ancient of  days. Daniel,  by revelation of the Holy Spirit, saw two divine  persons – the ancient of days whom the New Testament says is God the Father  and the Son of man whom the New Testament identifies as Jesus Christ. 

So why did Jesus Christ claim to be the  Son of man? To show that he’s truly human,  he’s one of us, became part of us but  he’s also  God in human flesh, the one that Daniel  saw.

Mark 14:61-62 But he held this peace and answered  nothing. Again the high priest asked him and  said unto him “art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? Jesus said “I am. And you shall see  the Son of man  sitting on the right hand of power and  coming in the clouds of heaven.”  Jesus  just took  Daniel 7:13-14 and applied it to  himself. He just identified himself as the Son of  man that Daniel saw.

Matthew 25:31-34 When the Son of man shall come in his  glory (remember the Son of man  Daniel was given glory) and all the holy angels with him then  shall he sit upon the throne of his  glory. Jesus claims to be a Son of man who  comes in glory with the angels and has a  glorious throne that he sits upon  and before him the Son of man shall be  gathered all nations  and he shall separate them one from  another as a shepherd  divideth his sheep from the goats and he  shall  set the sheep on his right hand but the  goats on the left. Then shall the  king say unto them on his right hand “Come ye blessed of my Father” Jesus just said he’s the Son of man who  sits on a throne of glory, a glorious  throne,  when he comes with the angels to gather  all the nations before him  and he will judge all the nations and  then he claims that he is the king who  will say to the righteous on his right “enter into the kingdom,  you blessed of my Father.”

Matthew 26:1-2 And it came to pass when Jesus had  finished all these saying he said  unto his disciples “Ye know that after two days is the  passover and the Son of man is betrayed  to be crucified. He’s the Son of man who  will be crucified  and yet he’s also the Son of man who  will come in his glory with the holy  angels  to sit on his glorious throne, throne of  glory to gather all the nations  separating the righteous from the wicked,  the righteous on his right the wicked on  his left,  who calls himself the king and calls God “My Father”.

Luke 17:24-25 For as the lightning that lighteneth out of the one part  under heaven,  shineth unto the other part under heaven,  so shall also the Son of man  be in his day. He’s talking about his  coming. But first must he suffer many things and  be rejected of this  generation. Jesus Christ our Lord  claims to be that  Son of man of Daniel who comes in glory  on the clouds of heaven.

Matthew 16:21-27 For the Son of man shall come in the  glory of his Father with his angels (the angels belong to him)…