Some will be facing trials today fearing what may happen to them.
Some will be feeling a failure of what has happened.
Some will feel lonely having seen their friends desert them at the crucial hour.
Jesus shows us that in the gravest of situations you can remain confident because of who you are. Hours from the crucifixion in a kangaroo court Jesus remains calm in an atmosphere of lies and slander. How? He knows who He is and He is not afraid to declare it.
But Jesus remained silent. The high priest said to him, “I charge you under oath by the living God: Tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. “But I say to all of you: From now on you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.” (Matthew 26 v 63-64)
Jesus is clear, “Yes, you have just said who I am.”
But he goes further, way further!
He does away with their thought he is some militia revolutionary Messiah. He is the One prophesied in their Scriptures especially from their prophet Daniel!
The heavenly being of Daniel who in the likeness of a man comes to rule forever and lead the people of God to share in His rule, is Jesus. He is who Daniel saw 600 years previously, the Son of Man. “This is me.”
Daniel is clear that the Son of Man was human and distinct from God but he is also fully God himself. Jesus is being tried for blasphemy and yet those who stand before him will stand with the nations of the world before Him when he comes back to this earth.
Let me quote here chapter 7 of Daniel v 9- 14: “As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took his seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of his head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.
A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before him. Thousands upon thousands attended him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The court was seated, and the books were opened… In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
What does Daniel’s vision tell us?
- His clothing is as white as snow and unlike the kingdoms of this world he is clothed in righteousness.
- The kingdoms of this world are caught up with fighting for power, authority and activity of all kinds but the Ancient of Days is seated and in control.
- Daniel who so often is a figure isolated, standing for God in the midst of evil society – God has an army.
- 1000s upon 1000s ministering before Him.
- 10,000 x 10,000 standing before Him.
Jesus is saying I am more than you think I am. I am way beyond your view of me. You are not my judge. I am yours. I don’t stand before you. You will stand before me.
It is this knowledge of who He was that carried him through this hell of a season.
Today whatever you are facing the same thing applies. You are a child of God. A new creation in Christ. The love of Christ is in your hearts. The Holy Spirit is within and alongside you to partner with you and so the mind of Christ is in you, the grace of Christ is in you and the Word of God renews this mind daily. You are way more than what this difficult season tells you. So walk tall in the truth of who you are!