"I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed."
In Daniel 2, King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of an unusual image that Daniel described as four kingdoms which would be followed by an eternal kingdom. This eternal kingdom began as a "stone cut out by no human hand" that destroyed the image to become a great mountain that "filled the whole earth." In the vision in chapter 7, Daniel sees the four kingdoms described as "great beasts" which were followed by a kingdom whose ruler has everlasting dominion and whose kingdom will not be destroyed. The ruler of the eternal kingdom is described as "one like the son of man" to whom the "Ancient of Days" gives everlasting dominion and the indestructible kingdom.
Jesus' favorite title for Himself is "the Son of Man." In the Gospels, He uses that name over eighty times in reference to this passage in Daniel 7. Since Jesus does occasionally refer to Himself as the "Son of God," some have suggested the title "Son of Man" is used to describe Jesus as both divine and human. We know that is true, but in Mark 13:26-27, Jesus explicitly used this title associating Himself with Daniel 7, "Then they will see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven."
In Daniel 7:2, the four winds of heaven that stir the great sea are the four winds of Mark 13 that gather the elect from the ends of the earth and heaven. Daniel 7:13 describes the one like the son of man coming with the clouds of heaven to receive a kingdom of all peoples, nations, and languages from the Ancient of Days. In Mark 13:26, Jesus describes the Son of Man coming in the clouds with great power and glory.
John 12:34 is the only time Jesus is referred to as the "Son of Man" by anyone except Himself. "So the crowd answered him, 'We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?'" Their response comes after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem as Jesus refers to Himself in verse 23 as the Son of Man in a discourse in which He speaks of His death. It seems from the crowd’s response they had some understanding that Jesus was alluding to Himself as the "one like the son of man" in Daniel 7. But they could not fathom how the "Christ” or the "Son of Man" could ever receive an eternal kingdom if He died.
As Stephen is being stoned in Acts 7:55-56, "But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. And he said, 'Behold I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.'"
Lord Jesus Christ, both divine and human, You alone are worthy of the title "Son of God, Son of Man." You are the Son of Man John saw standing among the lampstands clothed with a long robe and a golden sash and seated on the cloud with a golden crown on your head, and a sharp sickle in your hand. "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!"