God of love, thank you for loving me. Thank you for giving me guidelines for living, opportunities to show love, and challenges to obey the commandments. As the day draws to a close, O God, never withdraw your love and presence from me. The joy that comes from a close relationship is indescribable. May your love never end. Shelter me within the shadow of your presence that I might have peace and rest this night. In the matchless name of Jesus. Amen.
Daily Archives: January 21, 2021
Psalm 56:9-13 (ESV)
9 Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory, and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 7:13-14).
Of all the places to find one of the most beautiful and hopeful descriptions of Jesus is found in this passage from the Book of Daniel. But what does it really say?
Jesus is eternal. He has been with the Ancient of Days since before time began. Because of his status, he has full access to God the Father and actually does intercede on our behalf. Because of his status and his faithfulness, he has been granted special privilege. He has been given authority. What does that mean? As the creeds remind us, he has been given authority to forgive us for our sins, by becoming our atoning sacrifice. If Jesus says that we are cleansed – that is exactly what he means. However, his authority doesn’t just end there. He has been given authority over all of creation – everything above the earth and below. His dominion extends far beyond anything of our imagining. He has also been given authority to judge. Revelation and the creeds affirm that one day, Jesus, this one like the son of man, will come from the heavenly realm once again in order to judge the living and the dead. Thus, if we accept his authority in our earthly lifetime, we can be assured that his authority will pronounce us redeemed before God.
Jesus has been given glory. In other words, as the Scriptures remind us, there will come a day when every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord. Jesus has been glorified above all things because he has been faithfully obedient to the Father’s will and thus, he was glorified from his death to life there will be a day in which that glory will shine as the sun before all creation once again.
Jesus has been given sovereign power. Because of this power – he and he alone holds the keys to death and hell. He and he alone has the ability to save or condemn. Jesus and Jesus alone has power to deliver us from the things of this world that we may stand clean before the Father.
But I think that the most telling thing about Jesus in this passage – the one that gives me the most comfort is this: his kingdom is forever, it will not pass away and it cannot be destroyed. What exactly does that say? His kingdom always has been and will always be. No matter what happens – there is nothing that can overpower Jesus’ kingdom. It is not like kingdoms of this world, that are here today and gone tomorrow. His is a different type of kingdom. His is a kingdom that was not built by human hands, but rather it is eternal. There is no power whatsoever that can destroy this kingdom. Has Satan tried? Without question. But at the end of the day – there is nothing so great that it can wrest the kingdom away from the Son of God.
Why do I find this passage comforting? Because it is a reminder to me of who Jesus is and what his kingdom is like. If we are part of Jesus’ kingdom, we can rest assured that there is no power or principality that can prevail against it. It is a kingdom in which we can find rest and peace. It is a kingdom in which we will find healing and restoration. It is a kingdom that nothing can ever move. Thanks be to God – that is our present truth and future hope. Amen.