Today's Reading: Daniel 7:9-14
“I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.” (Daniel 7:13-14a)
Today’s text is taken from Daniel’s dream. A few chapters back King Nebuchadnezzar had a dream too, and it was similar to Daniel’s. The big difference between the two dreams is perspective. King Nebuchadnezzar was a pagan and so his dream was meant to be heard by the unbelievers. Daniel, on the other hand, was one of the Lord’s chosen people, so his dream was meant for those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb, Christ Jesus.
Daniel sees “A Son of Man”, which is Old Testament talk for someone seemingly human. The Son of Man is coming to the Ancient of Days – more Old Testament talk for Almighty God the Father. In the whole of the chapter Daniel will get a preview of the coming attractions, the Godhead contained in flesh. Daniel will see the Son of Man descending to earth to deliver humanity from their sin.
The dominion that Daniel sees is the same dominion you see each Sunday. The dominion that Jesus has been given is marked so that we know where to find it. There, at His dominion He gives out gifts of life and salvation, given and shed for you. The glory of the Lord is His Body and Blood. Jesus is glorified by the fact that, as God, He took on lowly flesh and with it saved all of us from eternal death and damnation.
The Lord’s Kingdom is everlasting. His Body and Blood are the marks of that Kingdom, so the forgiveness they bring is everlasting as well. His Body and Blood have overcome death, they have risen again, and there is nothing that can stop them.
Behold, you see one like the Son of Man, Coming in the clouds of heaven! He stands with bread and wine, His very true flesh and very true blood – and everlasting kingdom, His dominion, give and shed for you! In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Immortal, invisible, God only wise, In light in accessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days, Almighty victorious, Thy great name we praise. (LSB 802.1)