THE SON OF MAN/ THE LAMB
All scriptural references are from the Contemporary English Version unless otherwise noted

 

The Son Of Man

Jesus Christ referred to himself as the Son of Man (Matthew 9:6, Matthew 12:40 (compare to Matthew 27:63-28:7), Matthew 16:13-16, Matthew 17:22-23, Matthew 19:28, Matthew 20:18,28, Matthew 26:2). Also, in Daniel 7:13, The Son of Man is named as the one who gains access to God's Kingdom, which parallels the Scriptures at Acts 1:6, 1 Corinthians 15:24, and Ephesians 5:5, putting Christ as that one. The Scripture at Acts 7:56 speaks of the Son of Man at God's right hand, which is the same position that Christ occupies at Matthew 22:44, Matthew 26:64, Mark 16:19, Acts 2:32-33, and Acts 5:31.

The Lamb

Jesus Christ is also referred to as 'The Lamb" of God (John 1:29,35-36). This is in connection with the sacrifice of the Passover lamb, which foreshadowed Christ's sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7). This is why Jesus had the authority to alter the Passover observance into an observance commemorating his impending death (Matthew 26:26-28, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:19-20). What are the ways in which the Passover lamb foreshadowed Christ? Here are the scriptural parallels:

1 - The Passover lamb was to be male animal without defect (Exodus 12:5). Christ was a male without defect (1 Peter 2:22).

2 - The Passover lamb was not to have any bones broken during its slaughter, (Exodus 12:40-46, Numbers 9:12). Christ did not have any of his bones broken during his slaughter (John 19:33-36).

3 - The blood of the Passover lamb saved the people's lives (Exodus 12:13, 21-23). The blood of Christ saves people's lives (Romans 3:23-25, Romans 5:9, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 9:11-14,22).

4 - The Passover lamb was not to be left over until morning (Exodus 34:25). Christ's body was not left over until morning (John 19:31).

5 - The Passover was commemorated on the same date (Exodus 12:1-6, Leviticus 23:5, Numbers 9:1-3, Numbers 28:16) that Christ's sacrifice was accomplished. (Matthew 26:1-2, John 19:14).

 

Conclusion

As Scripture clearly shows, Jesus Christ our redeemer is also referred to as the Son of Man, and as the Lamb. The rules governing the Jewish passover were in place to foreshadow salvation through Christ.

May we all appreciate the gift of salvation we have been given through Jesus Christ, our Messiah, Saviour, and Redeemer.