Vision of Daniel
Daniel was a prophet when Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonian Empire. He and many others were exiled into captivity. In captivity, he served Nebuchadnezzar and his successors, all while remaining faithful to the one true God.
Daniel had seen his home invaded, his kingdom overthrown, and his people exiled. He now has served several foreign kings. Having seen kingdoms fall and kings die, he knows, all too well, about the frailty of human rulers, kingdoms, and empires. He has a vision of one who appeared human, but answered to God. He has a vision of one who will have dominion over all people, all nations, all the earth. Unlike earthly kingdoms, this kingdom will not be conquered by foreign powers or even by death. This kingdom will be eternal.
As we celebrate Advent, we wait for the time for Christ to come again. We remember that no matter what happens in our earthly kingdom, we wait for the advent of the heavenly kingdom. We wait for that “everlasting dominion that shall not pass away.” We celebrate the “kingship…that will never be destroyed.” Earthly countries and political leaders will rise and fall, we serve the one who is will not fall, will not let us down, and will not end.
Rev. Chris Deacon is a pastor in the PC(USA). He is currently serving the United Parish of Bowie in Bowie, Md, outside of Washington D.C.
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