151122 Daniel 7:13-14

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2015 Written by Pastor Schmidt

Text: Daniel 7:13-14

Theme: Are You Ready to Meet Your King?

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 worshipped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

During the Sundays in November, we have been observing the final Sundays in the Christian Church year. We began with our celebration of the Lutheran Reformation. Two weeks ago God's Word reminded us that the Lord will come as the Judge on the great Last Day. Last Sunday, God's Word reminded us that heaven is the home of all the Saints Triumphant who believe in Jesus Christ as their only Savior from sin. This Sunday we celebrate the last Sunday of the Church year. It is also known as "Christ, the King" Sunday. On this day, God's Word reminds you and me that the Lord Jesus is the Almighty King of kings and Lord of lords, ruling over all things. And this almighty King is coming. Are you ready? Are you ready to meet Jesus, the King? It is very important that we be ready to meet Jesus, the King; for the King will come and the King will rule.

In chapter 7, the prophet Daniel tells of a vision the Lord sent to him; a vision of four beasts. Each one of the beasts represented a future kingdom. After seeing the four beasts, Daniel then sees the one who is the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Daniel writes, "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven." In contrast to the four beasts mentioned in this chapter, Daniel now sees "one like the son of man". Who is Daniel referring to here? We know that from other portions of Scripture, that Jesus Christ is described as the "son of man". There are some 75 times in the four Gospels where Jesus refers to himself as the "son of man". When Stephen was about to be stoned for confessing Jesus as the Promised Savior, he was given the opportunity to see the Savior in the glory of heaven, and he said "Look, I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God."

If this is a reference to Jesus (and it is), who is true God, then some ask why the Holy Spirit had Daniel write, "He was given authority, glory and sovereign power . . ." What does the Bible mean Jesus was given his authority? Didn't he have this authority as true God from all eternity? Certainly, as true God, Jesus has always and will always be the ultimate authority. But now, as true God AND as true Man he enjoys this authority. What was true from all eternity about Jesus' divine nature is now true about his human nature as well. Jesus himself said shortly before he ascended into heaven, "All authority, in heaven and on earth, has been given to me." In Philippians 2 Paul describes it in this way, "Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

These words from Philippians chapter 2 bring up another point that Daniel touches on. Jesus Christ, the King, uses his authority to rule over all things and all people. Daniel was led to write about Jesus the King, "He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshipped him." Jesus Christ rules over all, and it is a rule that will never come to an end. As God's Word before us states, "His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed." Yes, earthly kingdoms and earthly rulers will come and go. But the Lord Jesus, as the King, will rule forever. On the great Last Day, when he comes again, he will destroy all who oppose him, and he alone will rule over all. As we confess in the Nicene Creed, Jesus Christ "will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end."

Are you ready? Are you ready to meet the King, Jesus? The singer John Lennon, co-founded of the Beatles, is quoted as saying, "There ain't no Jesus gonna come from the sky." But, from God's Word you and I know that Jesus is coming, and when he comes again he will come to rule in all his power and glory. This should not be understood to mean that in the mean time, as we wait for Jesus the King, that he is not ruling over this world at this very moment. As the King, Jesus Christ is ruling over all things. And as the one who rules over all things, Jesus the King makes you and me the promise that he is always with us and will make all things work out for our eternal good as we live out our days on this earth.

But on the Great Last Day, when Jesus comes again, all earthly rulers will lose their power forever. When Jesus comes again all those things which would like to rule us now (the sinful world, our own sinful nature, Satan) will be stripped of their power. When the King, Jesus Christ returns he alone will rule forever and ever. As we read in Revelation, chapter 1, Jesus the King is "the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth."

Are you ready? Are you ready to meet the King, Jesus? Those who depended on the external things they had done to win God's favor, will find themselves unprepared to stand before the King. By the grace of God, you and I believe in Jesus Christ as the only Savior from sin. That same gracious Savior-God makes you and me the promise that Jesus, the King, will come again and will rule over all. Are we ready to meet the King? Jesus Christ, the King, won forgiveness of all your sins and mine. Jesus our King made heaven your home and mine. When the King, Jesus Christ, comes again he will take you and me to be with him forever. Only because of all that Jesus Christ, our great King, has done for us are you and I able to join together and say, "I am ready! Come, O Almighty King! Come, Lord Jesus." Amen.

 

 

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