The Son of Man-The Lord Jesus Christ John 3:13-15 CLICK TITLE FOR AUDIO
In this passage we see three things specifically about Jesus Christ the Son of Man that make Him the only suitable way to get to Heaven.
He is Supernatural – (v. 13) There are three parts laid out in verse 13 that indicate the supernatural status of Jesus Christ including His ascension, origin and omnipresence. The Old Testament contains many examples of God appearing in the visible form of a man and then returning to Heaven. An appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ before He had been born into the flesh is called by theologians a theophany (Gen 17:1, 17:21-22, 35:13).
Ascension – When Jesus says, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven” some may point to Enoch and Elijah. However, the crucial point is that those two prophets did not ascend of their own power, but rather were carried by God (Gen. 5:24, Jude 1:9, 2Kings 2:11, Gen. 28:13).
Origin – When Jesus says, “but he that came down from heaven” He assures us of His supernatural origin (John 6:38, 1:14, 1:18).
Omnipresence – In verse 13 Jesus let Nicodemus know that He is in Heaven while simultaneously there in the presence of Nicodemus. Because of His supernatural nature Jesus is able to be in two places at one time (John 10:30).
He is the Substitute – (v. 14) Jesus Christ became our sin and we became His righteousness by faith in His finished work on Calvary (2 Cor. 5:21, Num. 21:8, Isaiah 45:22, Rom. 6:23, Rev. 12:9, 1 Peter 5:8). Jesus Christ is God (1Tim. 3:16, 2Thess. 2:2-4). Jesus Christ is an angel of the Lord (Exodus 3:2, John 8:58, 2 Cor. 11:4). Jesus Christ is the Light of the world (John 8:12, 9:5).
He is the Savior – (v. 15) Jesus Christ came to save, so that people would not have to perish, but instead have everlasting life (1Tim. 1:15, 2:4-6, 1 John 5:11, John 1:12).