Daily Devotion on Daniel 7:9-10
Devotion Text: Daniel 7:9-10
Could there be a more terrifying scene?
God granted the prophet Daniel a sneak-peak of a one-time and final event, the Last Judgment on Judgment Day. And what a terrifying vision it was!
Daniel saw Jesus, our Judge, seated on his throne. He is called the Ancient of Days because he is eternal–without beginning or end. His clothing and hair were bright white, brighter than the sun and whiter than any bleach could make them. (Remember Jesus at his transfiguration?) The bright white symbolizes his perfection and holiness. His throne was on fire, symbolizing his all-consuming power, and it had wheels because he is able to go anywhere he wants whenever he wants. Countless thousands of angels surrounded Jesus, for he is King of earth and heaven. Court was now in session. The books were opened.
How terrifying! What would it say in the book about you? How many sins would it list for your life? What deep and dark secrets would be exposed? (Though God already knows them!) Oh, all of the sin and unrighteousness! We are not even worthy to stand in the presences of such a holy and powerful God!
It will probably set the record for the fastest trial and quickest verdict ever! The verdict will come swiftly and forcefully, and it will be a final and everlasting verdict as well. Jesus will open the books, look at your account, and announce . . . “Innocent.”
Such is the grace of our Savior. When he will sit upon his mighty throne on the Last Day, with all his enemies crushed below him and used as his footstool, and with all of the books opened up and ready for judgment, he will look at your account and see no wrongs. For all of your sins–big and small, overt and covert, intentional and unintentional–have been washed away in the crimson tide of his blood. The Mighty Judge is also our Loving Lamb, who laid down his life in our place to receive the punishment we deserve. Thus, when our account is inspected for judgment, only Jesus’ righteousness and perfection will be seen. His work and his holiness is credited to our account! What a great exchange of God’s grace!
So we read Daniel today and we join to say: Could there be a more comforting scene? There is no terror in Judgment Day at all! Our sins have been paid for and erased. Our account is filled with Christ’s righteous works. Our judgment was accomplished on the cross, and applied to us through our faith. There is no fear! Jesus our Savior has forgiven and saved us, so Jesus our Judge will welcome us into his heavenly kingdom!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I humbly fall before you, the Judge of all, knowing all my sins. I know I am worthy only of your greatest punishment. Yet in your mercy you lived for me and died for me. Grant me comfort and peace now, knowing that your work has become mine, and knowing that on the Last Day you will gladly welcome me into your eternal kingdom. For your great grace I thank and praise you all my days. Amen.
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