What makes someone a good king or queen?
The first half of the book of Daniel is full of really cool stories that show us the goodness and power of God. Do you know the story of Daniel in the lion’s den? Or the one where King Nebuchadnezzar lives like an animal for seven years? Or what about the story we looked at yesterday, the fiery furnace story?
The second half of the book of Daniel is a bit trickier to understand though. It is full of strange visions and prophecies instead of stories. But these prophecies have the same purpose as the stories – to show us the goodness and power of God. They show us that Nebuchadnezzar is not the king of the world, and neither are you. God is. And Jesus is. In Daniel chapter seven we get to read one of the most important prophecies about Jesus in all of the Bible. Here it is:
Daniel 7:13-14. 13“I [Daniel] saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
Daniel sees the Ancient of Days seated on a throne in Heaven. Who do you think that is? (God) Then Daniel sees one like a son of man coming to the Ancient of Days. Who do you think this Son of Man is? (Jesus) What does the Ancient of Days give to the Son of Man? (dominion, glory, an everlasting kingdom)
What does this vision tell us about Jesus? It tells us that Jesus is the greatest of all kings. It tells us that God will give Jesus an eternal kingdom. That Jesus will have all the power on earth. And that everyone on earth will serve Jesus. But why Jesus? Because only Jesus conquered all our enemies. Only Jesus died for us. And only Jesus deserves all the glory.
Because of Jesus we can live with God forever in Jesus’ kingdom.
With Jesus we can serve him by being a servant to others like he was.
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER
Can your family name any famous kings or queens from the past? Were they good rulers? Talk about what will make Jesus a great ruler?
Jesus, you are a good and gracious king. Help me to be a servant just like you. Amen.