Daniel 7:13-14 (NRSV) As I watched in the night visions, I saw one like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And he came to the Ancient One and was presented before him. To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and his kingship is one that shall never be destroyed.
By John Grimm
The spinoff to Babylon 5, a sci-fi show from the late 1990’s, Excalibur, had a persnickety character named “Galen.” He would show up at the most inconsiderate and awkward times. One of his questions was, “Who do you serve?” As disciples of Jesus Christ, we know the answer.
Or do we? There are portions of the Bible that we do not understand. Reading Daniel’s visions we come across the one like a Son of Man, a.k.a. one like the human one. His entrance is awe-inspiring. He is given accolades and responsibility that no one else has. We do not understand when this one like a Son of Man will be here.
We are enthusiastic about all peoples, nations, and languages serving him. We like the language that they should serve him. We await his kingship/kingdom that shall never be destroyed. Then, we realize we are part of all peoples, nations, and languages! Who shall we serve?
Do we know the answer? We can freely serve Jesus Christ now. We could also wait until all people, nations and languages must serve him. It is a promising idea for us to serve Jesus Christ freely now. The language of this vision is such that all humanity has the option. If we are not serving Jesus Christ, then who or what are we serving?
Jesus Christ, we get to choose to serve you. You are due all these accolades, for you are the Son of Man! You have taken us from being God’s enemies to being people of God. Thank you for being gracious to us. Through our lives and the retelling of how you are working in our lives we pray for others to begin to serve you. Thank you for the work you have for us to do. Amen.