"Was Jesus son of God, or was he son of Man, or was he the Messiah?"

Question: "Was Jesus the son of God, was he the son of Man, or was he the Messiah?"

The short answer to your question: He was all of them.

These titles are different descriptions of his Character and Purpose, in coming to be our Savior. This is a complicated question, but can be answered simply by saying, He is the One God sent into the world to bring salvation. He was the Son of God, born into human flesh, becoming also the Son of Man, and the Coming Anointed (Messiah) One.

1.    Son of God. 

John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever would believe in Him would not perish but have everlasting life."
That means that Jesus is the Savior of the world. He offers salvation to anyone who will call upon His name. John 14:6 records Jesus' own words,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Me."

He is your access to relationship with God.  He is the one who forgives the wrong we do and He is the one who paid the price of our sins by going to the cross. The Apostle Paul wrote about this saying, "For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 6:23

2.    Son of Man

Appears in the Prophecy of Daniel about Jesus:

“I saw in the night-visions, and, behold, there came with the clouds of heaven one like unto a son of man, and he came even to the ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all the peoples, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13, Daniel 7:14).

Compare with these words from Daniel with the words of Jesus to the high priest during His trial, “Henceforth ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven” (Matthew 26:64), and the echo of the Old Testament words cannot be mistaken.

Equally distinct is it in the great discourse in Matthew 24:30, “Then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”

3.  Messiah

  ‘Messiah’ in Hebrew means "Anointed One".

‘Messiah’ is a ‘Hebrew’ word, which was translated into Greek as "Christos" and in English to ‘Christ’. Jesus in Matthew Chapters 24 to 25 tells his disciples of the last day’s events which will happen when Messiah comes, and ends with the judgment-scene.

Matthew 25:31, “But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory”!

© 2015 Jim Cole-Rous