Daniel 12. Matt 5:13-16
Daniel ch 12 records the conclusion of Daniel’s vision, which had many confusing details, not only for Daniel who did not understand (v8), but for our curiosity too. However what we can see clearly, is that resurrection is on the table hundreds of years before it first occurred.It is real. It is promised to Daniel! At the end of the days you will rise (v13). It follows death. Daniel is old. He, God’s obedient servant, endured and outlasted the might of the Babylonian empire. He is told to ‘go your way till the end’. Perhaps it is soon.His way has been that of obedience to God amidst opposition, now from the Persian empire, and the vision predicts future distress also. But following distress(v1), comes deliverance, everlasting life (v2). Note that those that lead many to righteousness will shine forever.
May the certainty of Resurrection in Jesus transform us. For an amazing read on this have a look at ‘Surprised by Hope” by Tom Wright.
Matthew records Jesus’ words to Israel in the sermon on the Mount, to be the Light of the World. Something they failed at, but Jesus, as true Israel fulfilled.
We can only a light to our world as we shine Jesus.God intends His love and wisdom to be shone into His world by His redeemed human creatures.
How are we going to shine the light of Jesus in the hours ahead of us today? Seek His strength in prayer this morning.