This is a re-post of the Passion series from last year.
I saw in the night visions,
and behold, with the clouds of heaven
there came one like a son of man,
and he came to the Ancient of Days
and was presented before him.
And to him was given dominion
and glory and a kingdom,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him;
his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
which shall not pass away,
and his kingdom one
that shall not be destroyed.
The kingdom of God is about one Man, namely, Jesus. In our meditation yesterday, I wrote, “Jesus is bringing [the disciples] in [to the kingdom], not so that they can be the king, but so that they can be a part of Jesus’ kingdom. We, by grace, get to be participants. It’s all about Jesus. Not me.”
In Luke 22, when Jesus is standing before the council, he implicitly refers back to this passage in Daniel by calling himself the Son of Man. When Jesus says, “From now on the Son of Man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God” (Lk. 22:69), he means that he is going to reign over his kingdom — the kingdom that God the Father, the Ancient of Days, has given him.
Jesus will not reign as a weak, feeble, doormat king. No. He will reign in power. The first time he came, he was abused and mistreated and murdered. Now he reigns with the Father after completing his work on earth (see Heb. 1:3). When he returns the second time, it will not be in meekness nor will it be to save, but to judge and establish his throne upon the earth (see Rev. 19-21).
Daniel tells us that the son of Man — Jesus Christ, the God-man — has been given “dominion and glory and a kingdom.” His dominion is everlasting, and his kingdom will not be destroyed. His kingdom will reach every kind of people with every kind of language in every kind of place. And Jesus purchased this kingdom, these people who serve him, by dying on the cross on Good Friday and raising from the dead on Easter Sunday.
Lord God Almighty, I praise you for giving your Son dominion, glory, and a kingdom — a kingdom of people he purchased with his own flesh and blood. Remind me daily that I am a part of this kingdom by grace and no merit of my own.