December: The Messiah
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming out of 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 (NIV)
Daniel, the prophet to the exiles, had this vision. He saw the Son of Man come from the sky. He must have felt very blessed to see this event, even as a vision.
Daniel chose to refer to God as ‘the Ancient of Days.” He does this because age inspires veneration and conveys the impression of majesty. (1.)
The Son of Man received from God authority to act as God would act. The Son of Man had all power. He received honor from every peoples and nation.
Even today, Jesus still has the authority of God to act on His behalf. I was in college when the buzzword for the times was, “God is dead.” Something in me didn’t want to believe it. Fairly early in our marriage, I met a young woman whose husband was a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. I listened but, again, I did not comment on what she said. A few days later I saw a bumper sticker on their car. It read “Our God is not dead, sorry about yours.” I thought at the time that someone was being brash about the issue. As I got older, I saw God working in many different ways. A dead being is not able to work. Jesus still reigns.
1. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary, © 1988, Moody Press, Chicago, Ill. Page 60