“Follow Me!”

“In the saying that contrasts the shelterless Son of man with the foxes and birds the contrast loses its point if Jesus is set over against these animals merely as a man, generically, and even more so if He is set over against them as a weak, humiliated subject per se. The very point of the saying obviously is that the highest of the high, according to the name borne by Him, should nevertheless have to do without such common creature comforts as even foxes and birds enjoy.” (Geerhardus Vos, The Self-Disclosure of Jesus, p. 237).

“So then Jesus chose this name for himself to make known: (1) that he was not just the Son of David and King of Israel but the Son of Man, connected with all humans and giving his life as a ransom for many: (2) that he nonetheless occupied an utterly unique place among all humans, because he had descended from above, from heaven, lived in constant communion with the Father during his stay on earth, and had the power to forgive sins, to bestow eternal life, to distribute to his own all the goods of he kingdom; (3) that he could not grasp this power by violence, as the Jews expected their Messiah to do, but that as the Servant of the Lord, he had to suffer and die for his people; and (4) that precisely by taking this road he would attain to the glory of the resurrection and the ascension, the elevation to God’s right hand, and the coming again for judgment.” (Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics, Vol. 3, pages 250–251).

Quotes from the Reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC

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