November 03, 2018

The Rock Supreme

Daniel 2:25-47; Colossians 1:15-20

A rock was cut out, but not by human hands.

—  Daniel 2:34

Sometimes when people see a large, beautifully cut diamond, they will say, “Wow, what a gor­geous rock!” Of course, they are referring to the fact that the gemstone is delicately fashioned, but its size, value, and rarity also make an impact.

There’s an interesting story in Daniel 2 about a rock that makes a surprising impact. With God’s help, Daniel was able to interpret dreams, and he helped King Nebuchadnezzar understand a troubling dream he had had. Daniel says: “While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.”

The dream was picturing the amazing Rock that is Christ! The vision showed that a ­series of oppressive regimes that would rule on the earth would be smashed to pieces by Christ, the Rock of God, the supreme power over all things.

The vision also showed that “the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.” This is a depiction of Jesus Christ as the ruler of the cosmos, as we see in Colossians. We read there that Jesus, the Son of God, is the supreme power and ­authority over everything, and his presence fills the whole earth.

Do you know this Savior as your Rock?

Lord Jesus, you are infinite in your power. You are the perfect image of God, and your presence fills the universe. Fill us today with confidence in your ultimate goodness and love. In your name we pray. Amen.

About the author — Julia Prins Vanderveen

Julia Prins Vanderveen works and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, Trevor, and their three sons. Julia has served as a copastor with Trevor at a church in Vancouver. She is a campus pastor and a humanities teacher at the Vancouver Christian School.

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