Tell Muslims Jesus Is the Son of Man
by Alan Shlemon
On a recent visit to a mosque, a Muslim imam asked, “Where in your Bible does Jesus ever clearly say He is God?” I know there are many excellent ways to answer this question, but I’ve always found the following approach intriguing.
I like to tell Muslims that the “proof” that Jesus claimed to be divine is found in His favorite self-designation: Son of Man (Matt. 12:40; Mark 10:45; Luke 18:31; John 9:35, etc.). Muslims are unpersuaded by this answer. In fact, they look at me like, Is this guy for real? That example proves the opposite—that Jesus is a mere human being.
I understand their disbelief. “Son of Man” hardly sounds like a claim to deity. It appears to reference the fact that we are all born from mankind, a product of human parents. In that sense, I’m a son of man, you’re a son of man, and everyone on the planet is a son of man. That proves nothing, it’s thought.
Though the term “Son of Man” sounds like a claim to humanity, it has an unmistakable second meaning…