“I saw one like a son of man coming. He came to the Ancient of Days, and he was brought before him. 14 To him was given dominion, honor, and a kingdom. All peoples, nations, and languages will worship him. His dominion is an eternal dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:13-14)
Looking at the week that just passed and things that have happened over the last few days, you might have asked the question, “Who is ruling?” While I am not that old, I have to admit that I have never witnessed anything like this past week in my whole life. The confusion, the fear, the panic, the uncertainty, the threats of being laid off of work, the crashing of the stock markets -- all of which makes everything feel so chaotic and unsure. Really, who is ruling?
That is the problem! In the midst of all of our troubles, we forget who is ruling and why do we sometimes forget? We forget because the one who is ruling doesn’t always look like he is ruling. In fact many of us and many people of this world when we look at the one who is ruling might do a double-take. There is nothing in his appearance that stands out and screams “king or ruling material.” He looked like us. Daniel calls him “the Son of man.” If we look at him in this way, he might disappoint us. If we are so obsessed with him providing a better life here and now, we might even turn against him. Many did. They cried, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
But look closer at the one who is ruling. The one who even the winds and the waves obey is the one who hung on the cross for sinners and cried, “Father, forgive them.” He is the one who comforted the thief on the cross and promised, “Today you will be with me in paradise.” As he died, he is the one who moved a Roman officer to exclaim, “Surely he was the Son of God!” And when all seemed chaotic and unsure to his closest disciples, he is the one who removed all their doubt when he said to them in person, “Peace be with you.”
This is the same one who rules our hearts with his grace and Spirit. This is the same one who sustains our faith with his forgiving love in Word and sacrament, and this is the same one who promises to come back for us. He is the one we will one day see on the clouds of heaven, the one for whose name every knee will bow and every tongue confess, the one who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
Who is ruling? He is the Jesus our Lord and Savior! And what is so wonderful is that his ruling or kingdom will never be destroyed – not by a virus, not by a government’s ban on public worship, not by the hardships that sin brings into our lives – whether that be financial or in some other way. Daniel reminds us that Jesus’ dominion or rule will never go away, “His dominion is an eternal dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will not be destroyed.”
So I encourage each of you to draw strength during these times of troubles by spending extra time with Jesus as we make use of the recordings of our services, as we make use of the weekly Bytes of Bread devotions, as we open our Bibles on our own to see Jesus as our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Jesus is in complete control! He always has been and always will!
Pastor Mark Gartner
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