A Prophetic Vision Revisioned on the road to the Cross
This is the final block of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew. It ends the the last complex discourse of judgment and anticipation (23-25) before things rapidly unfold in Passover and crucifixion.
What is going to happen is so hard for Jesus’ disciples to grasp, so paradoxical, that Jesus wants to plant in them a new vision for the future. He uses an image that he’s often used: the Son of the Human (Son of Man). Often to speak of himself in third person. Always loaded language, drawn from Daniel, used several times in this discourse, with other Daniel refs.