Monday of the Second-Last Week

Today's Reading: Daniel 7:9-14

Daily Lectionary: Daniel 1:1-21; Matthew 28:1-20

Then 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 the one Which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:14)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. Egypt of the pyramids and Pharaohs? Gone. The mighty Babylonians? Gone. The Roman Empire? Gone. The Holy Roman Empire? Gone. The British Empire? Gone. The Soviet Union? Gone. Kingdom after kingdom and empire after empire have come and gone throughout history. The people of the Promise? The Church? The kingdom of salvation? Still here. The Romans tried to get rid of the Church. It grew. The Soviets tried to kill off all the Christians. Now there are churches thriving in what used to be that "evil empire."

The devil and the world work really hard to destroy the Church. They come at it physically with persecution. They come at it philosophically with bad science and atheism. They come at it with popular culture to make it seem stupid and irrelevant. But the gurus and critics have passed away and the Church of Christ still stands.

Christ has this kingdom, His Church, of which you are a citizen, because He has already defeated the enemies who think they can destroy it. The devil and the world think they can stop the Church and overcome her but they forget they were already defeated and overcome on Good Friday by Jesus' death on the cross and His resurrection from the tomb.

It sure can look like the world and the devil are going to win out. It can seem like the Church is the least important kingdom in all the world. Repent of looking with the world's eyes! Look with the eyes of faith that trust that this is the kingdom of Christ, who has defeated these enemies.

Eventually all the kingdoms and nations and countries of this world will pass away because the world will pass away. But Christ's kingdom doesn't. And since you're in His kingdom by water and the Word, you won't pass away either. In the Name + of Jesus. Amen.

Oh, what glory, far exceeding All that eye has yet perceived! Holiest hearts for ages pleading Never that full joy conceived. God has promised, Christ prepares it; There on high our welcome waits. Ev'ry humble spirit shares it, Christ has passed the eternal gates. (Sing with All the Saints in Glory, LSB 671:2)

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