World Dominion in Union with the Son of Man Through the Cross by T. Austin-Sparks

Reading: Psalm 2:1-9; 8:1,6-9; Dan. 7:13-15; Heb. 2:1-3:1; 12:2.

Keep the Word open at Hebrews 2. Note the quotation from Psalm 8:6-9. World dominion in union with the Son of Man through the Cross; this covers a wide range in the Word of God. The two main sections in which we shall move in connection with this thought, are the gospel according to Luke and the letter to the Hebrews.

That phrase ‘the son of man’ is a title which the Lord Jesus took on Himself, which He assumed with definite purpose. We have it prophetically in the Old Testament, in a peculiar and significant connection between Ezekiel and the Lord Jesus. And the conditions and situation show a closer link between him and the Lord Jesus. That title ‘Son of Man’ put the Lord Jesus in a representative position. Now, Ezekiel is said by the Lord to be constituted a sign, “I have set thee for a sign“; and he is called ‘son of man’ very many times by the Lord. The very term ‘son of man’ embodies the principle of representation. He is called by that name as representative of God’s thought and God’s mind. And the Lord Jesus assumed that title Himself.

In Luke’s gospel we see He is the representative Man according to God’s thought. And it is significant and important to see there is a definite period in which He deliberately took that title. Luke 9:18-22: “Who do the multitudes say that I am? ….but who do ye say that I am? Thou art the Christ the Son of God… but He charged them and commanded them to tell this to no man, saying, The Son of man must suffer many things and be rejected… and be killed, and the third day be raised up.” “The Son of Man” –  that was His assumed title for the first time. He does not deny the title “Son of God”, but charges them not to tell that to any man, it is something deeper. He took that title at a point where the Jews definitely rejected Him. He had been offered to the Jewish nation as their King, and on being rejected by that nation as its King, He takes the title of Son of Man – a racial term which embodies the whole race, and not just the Jewish nation. And at the point where one nation, the Jewish, reject Him, He embraces all nations; that is Psalm 2. It is a vain thing to meditate to cast Him out; they did attempt it. And in Acts 4 that very thing is taken up and they relate the second Psalm to Pilate and the Jews – something which these people fulfilled. But when Psalm 2 was carried out on the rejection side, it leads on to Psalm 8, where He is seen as the Son of Man. From one nation’s rejection of Him, all nations are captured for the sovereignty of the Lord Jesus.