Thought for the Day by Angela Birkin (St Michael’s)
As I watched in the night visions,Daniel 7.13-14
I saw one like a human being
coming with the clouds of heaven.
And he came to the Ancient One
and was presented before him.
To him was given dominion
and glory and kingship,
that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not pass away,
and his kingship is one
that shall never be destroyed.
What is real and what is fake? What is true and what is illusion?
These are very real questions for us today as presidents cry ‘fake news’ and people deny the reality of Covid-19.
Daniel and John of Patmos were granted visions. Their lived experience was of exile, life under a totalitarian world power and persecution, but their visions showed them the truth that empires fall and that the rule of God is the ultimate reality.
Jesus during his ministry on earth appropriated the imagery of the ‘one like a human being’ or ‘Son of Man’ in the book of Daniel:
But he was silent and did not answer.
Again the high priest asked him, ‘Are you the Messiah, the Son of the Blessed One?’
Jesus said, ‘I am; and “you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of the Power”, and “coming with the clouds of heaven.”’Mark 14.61-62
Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God, crucified Saviour, risen Lord, Messiah, is the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Whatever is happening in the world, whichever world or regional or local power is flexing its muscles, the reality is that our God reigns and that the dominion of our God will not pass away.