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Communion Meditations (2021)

 

Glory

Daniel 7:13-14

Originally scheduled for February 14

it is generally recognized that the Book of Daniel is the key to understanding biblical prophecy.This is not, in general, because Daniel is so clear – rather, it is the one bit of prophecy with a high level  of explanation – from the highest level authority.  The two verses we will use today are these.

"I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. "And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.

(Daniel 7:13-14 NASB)

 

Most readers of the New Testament have little trouble in unraveling these two verses.

·         The “Son of Man” is clearly Jesus, the Christ.  It was the title he adopted for himself as his favorite.

·         The “Ancient of Days” – the phrase only is found in this chapter of Daniel; nowhere else in the entire Bible – is a clear reference to God the Father.  (Remember:  the ancient Jews did not have a clear view of the Trinity.)

The result of this meeting is a thrill for the Christian. There are three things that we see here.

·         Dominion. The Son Of Man is given dominion, which elsewhere is used to indicate Lordship. He is the one we should hear; he is the one we should obey.

·         Glory. One writer said the glory is to God as style is to an artist. It is hard in our civilization to see this. But if you ever get a chance to visit the redwood trees in Northern California you will find a particular pattern in some of them. It’s called a Cathedral — a grove of trees 300 feet tall surrounding an empty space. The natural reaction of humans entering a Cathedral is to go absolutely silent, in awe of what God has done. Glory.

·         Kingdom. This could be none other than the kingdom of God, the Church. Here it is prophesied that the church will never be destroyed, but as stated elsewhere, every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the father.

Communion is a reminder of how this is to be accomplished. Christ went through the experience of the Cross to the Kingdom of God. He was obedient to the Father; he is our Lord; he expects us to be obedient to his commands. Curiously, one of those commands given to us is that we are to do all things to the glory of God.

May we apply that to taking communion? Can it be done to the glory of God? If you do it according to his command, doing so in memory of him with the proper reverence and repentance, I submit that it can be done. Prepare yourself, therefore, for the memorial of the event which leads to dominion, glory and the kingdom of God forever.

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