|Bible Question (short): Why Jesus call Himself the Son of God?|
Question (full): What are some thoughts on why Jesus always referred to Himself as the "Son of Man?" I've been doing some study in Mark and have also recently read through Matthew. Why doesn't Jesus just come out and say "I am the Son of God?" In fact, when the demons make that claim, he quiets them (Mk 1:25;3:11,12). Why was it such a significant thing when Peter said, "You are the Christ, the Son ot the living God?" Then a few vss. later in Matt 16:20 is says, "Then He warned the disciples that they should tell no one that He was the Christ." What!? I thought that's what Jesus' whole purpose was, to let people know that He was the Christ who had come to save them. The gospels say in several places that Jesus was preaching. But what was there to preach about if it wasn't the gospel. Or how can you preach the gospel without claiming the divinity of Christ?
Any thoughts on this whole mess?