Today’s reading of Daniel 7 has both the coming Antichrist as the “little horn” and our Lord Jesus Himself as the “Son of Man”. Jesus claimed at His trial that He is the Son of Man mentioned in Daniel 7 who would be “coming on the clouds” and reigning on His heavenly throne. When He proclaimed Himself to be the Son of Man of Daniel 7, He was immediately called a blasphemer worthy of death since He was proclaiming Himself to be God in the flesh.
Nothing is clearer in Scripture than Jesus claiming to be God. When we talk to folks about Jesus they often will say they believe He was a great teacher and admire the morals He taught. But C.S. Lewis rightly pointed out that if Jesus isn’t God, he couldn’t have been a good person. He wrote in Mere Christianity: “I am trying here to prevent anyone from saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him [Jesus Christ]: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept his claim to be God.'…” The thought-provoking truth that C.S. Lewis taught is that we either believe what Jesus said about Himself being God, or cannot believe anything else He said. Jesus is either Lord, liar, or lunatic.
I think of how all of this applies to me and you. We believe Jesus is God and will return someday, but His authority and power is for us right now! Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me” right now. When you and I walk into our workplace or homes and face hardships and struggles, we have His authority and power to get us through every temptation and doubt. The same power we see Jesus unleash against the Antichrist in Daniel 7 is also at work mightily within us today. May you and I know His power more and more to meet our every need.