Jesus had a favorite way of referring to himself-as "the son of man" or, "the human being". In fact, Jesus never asked anyone to worship him as God. So why is it that many ministers today want to be called the "man of God?" Jesus was thoroughly human. He was truly human, and when he said, "follow me", he was inviting people to become fully and truly human as he is.
Russ Hewett explains an Orthodox icon of the Ascension of Jesus and explains how Jesus refounded (not replaced) Israel. Israel had been founded as a nation without an earthly king. They cried out for a king like the other nations and God allowed it. This led to a radical change in their society and economy. Jesus came and lived out the original vocation of Israel. God responded my making him King of kings and Lord of lords. How might Christians today see this as a model for how we are to live faithfully within our nation-states?