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Sunday School Lesson - Explore the Bible
Aug. 24: Live to Win in the End
By Shawn Allred
8/21/2014
pastor, FBC, Bruceton

 

Focal Passage: Daniel 7:7-18

 

I’ve heard it said and I’ve said it many times, “Victory in Jesus” should be the theme song for the church. “O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever. He sought me and bought me With His redeeming blood; He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood.” I especially like the lyric, “My Savior, forever.” It reminds me that while this earth and all of its contents are temporary my relationship with my Savior Jesus is forever. 

It can be so easy to become discouraged walking the roads of this life. There is a tendency to focus on the temporal instead of the eternal.   Daniel could have spent his days lamenting over the condition of his nation and his exile in Babylon but God showed Daniel that ultimate victory would be won by Jesus. 

Daniel learned that evil will always be present until the final day of victory that has been set in time by God almighty. Daniel, of all people, knew just how corrupt and evil the leaders of his day could be. After all his friends were thrown into a fiery furnace and he was thrown into a den of lions! The Lord reminded Daniel that evil did exist and would continue, but Daniel also knew, as we know, that God is ultimately in control and ultimately the victor.

God revealed this ultimate victory to Daniel in a vision in a way only the Most High God could. God is identified in these verses as the Ancient of Days. He is God without beginning or end revealing His eternal nature. We see the Ancient of Days strip the earthly rulers of their authority in a stunning act of ultimate and timely judgment. This is the God that Daniel served in his day and this same God is sovereign over the affairs of our time.

Daniel’s vision also revealed to him the Son of Man who was received into the very presence of God (see v. 13). The Son of Man that Daniel saw was none other than Jesus. God the Father had taken the authority of all the earthly rulers and given it supremely to God the Son. This authority and rule would constitute an “everlasting dominion that will not pass away. …” We can serve the Lord with confidence knowing that evil is ultimately abolished and the glory of God through Christ will be enthroned throughout eternity.

Daniel was troubled by all that he had seen and his visions terrified him. As Christians we can certainly feel the way that Daniel felt in his day. Daniel’s feelings drove him to question one of the bystanders about all of the action that appeared before him. He wanted to know the meaning of all he had seen. It was a fairly simple explanation. The kingdoms of the earth would be abolished and the Kingdom of God would be established forever. The best part is that the “holy ones of the Most High” would be the recipients of the kingdom and co-reigners with Christ. That’s you and me! 

Those of us who have been made holy through the shed blood of Jesus will rule and reign with him forever, and ever, and ever. That should make you want to sing, “O victory in Jesus, My Savior, forever. He sought me and bought me with His redeeming blood; He loved me ere I knew Him and all my love is due Him, He plunged me to victory, beneath the cleansing flood!”

— Allred is pastor of First Baptist Church, Bruceton.

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