Ancient of Days
Portraits of Christ | The Ancient of Days
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. (Daniel 7:9)
It was a cold and blustery day in mid-January. The wind shook the tent and sent leaves dancing across the lawn as a handful of family and friends huddled together to say goodbye to my dad. His 81 years of living had been reduced to a small vase which contained his ashes. My dad's death, as does the death of anyone, sends a reminder to the Living: our days are numbered.
We are slaves to the clock. The calendar rules us like a cruel dictator. And in the light of eternity, our brief lifespans are but a glimpse, a blip on the radar. But Jesus Christ conquered Time and Eternity, breaking its bonds. Even His birth split time in half. Whenever we write down a date, it is a reminder that the history of mankind hinges upon what happened in that little stable on a Judean hillside two thousand years ago.
Jesus is Lord over our past and our present. He is the possessor of eternity, and though we may not know what our future holds, we can take solace in knowing Who holds our future.
Jeremiah stated in Ecclesiastes 3:11 that God has set eternity in the hearts of men. Though all around us are subtle reminders of our immortality, deep within us is an unrelenting intuition to see beyond temporal horizons. Our destiny and purpose haunt us continually. We seek to press beyond the limits of the finite. We try to predict the future, and travel great distances to visit someone who claims to see beyond.
But the Holder of our future has offered us a great gift. "The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ," Paul penned to the Romans. "Don't worry about the past - it's forgiven,"Jesus reminds us. "Don't worry about today nor tomorrow either. Let me handle that. Don't seek after those things. Seek me. Don't seek the future. Seek the One who holds the future." (Matthew 6:31-34)
The Holder of eternity extends the invitation to us, "Take it, and live." And those who accept it will have everlasting life (John 3:16).