Today’s reading is Daniel 7-8.
For a while I’ve struggled with passages like Matthew 4:23; 9:35; and Mark 1:15. How could Jesus preach the gospel of His death, burial, and resurrection at this stage of His ministry? It hadn’t happened; people wouldn’t understand it; His apostles didn’t even understand the concept of His death much later in His ministry. Wrestling with this has helped me understand a key part of the gospel I have often missed. The word “gospel” means “good news.” The “gospel of the kingdom” then is the “good news of the kingdom.” When Jesus was preaching the “good news” at this time, it wasn’t that He was teaching about His coming death, burial, and resurrection; He was talking about the kingdom revealed to Daniel in Daniel 7:13-14. The great thing for us is now that Jesus has died, been buried, and risen from the dead, the kingdom isn’t “at hand;” it is here and we can be in it. That is good news indeed. If you want to be part of this kingdom, let us know. We can help.
Tomorrow’s reading is Daniel 9-10.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, I get it. Visions, prophecies, dreams are tough to get our minds around. The great thing about the visions we read today is their explanation is given to us. There were going to be some great and terrible kingdoms on earth between the time of Daniel and the time of Jesus. In fact, four are demonstrated: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. Despite the great and terrible nature of Rome, a heavenly kingdom was going to be established during the time of that earthly kingdom that would outlast it and all other kingdoms. That is exactly when Jesus, our King, came into the world, was killed but then rose on the third day to be our king. Praise the Lord! Our kingdom is not of the same nature as the nations in the world around us, but it is no less a kingdom and we should be no less patriotic about it than folks of the world are about their nations. Jesus alone is King. May we ever worship and serve Him, our King, our Judge, our Deliverer, our Savior, our Redeemer.
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