26th July 2013

The Sovereign Prince

“the Prince of princes”
Daniel 8:25 (NIV UK)

As we’ve seen this week in the UK, the birth of a prince can be a time of joy and hope. Joy that a child is born; hope that new life will change the future for the better.

The prophet Daniel is one of the most exciting and enigmatic figures in the Bible. He was faithful to God when few people were. He stood up for what he believed, even when threatened with a pit of snarling lions. Daniel’s writing is not always easy to understand. He speaks in prophetic terms of the ultimate deliverance of humanity from evil and corruption. It is in this setting that he writes of “the Prince of princes”. Ultimately this is a reference to Jesus Christ. Similar phrases are used elsewhere in the Bible. For example, in Revelation John says that Jesus is King of kings and Lord of lords (17:14; 19:16). The concept is that Jesus is supremely sovereign over everyone and everything, as is indicated in Colossians 1:16: “…whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him”.

Wouldn’t be great if all our leaders and people of influence were to accept the grace of Christ, acknowledge his sovereignty and thus help transform our nations? Therefore we pray that this new prince will grow up in the grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We pray that the likely future king will respond to the Prince at whose birth the angels sang for joy.

In the book of Acts Peter was told to stop talking about Jesus. Those in authority thought that the Christian movement should be stopped in its tracks, in the same way that some politicians and influential people think today. Peter’s reply was, “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead…God exalted him to his right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins” (Acts 5:29-31). It is this Jesus who is the world’s only hope.

Whatever happens next, whether in our personal life or in the life of our nation, let’s obey God rather than men (or women). Let each of us, great and small, high and low – no matter who we are -surrender to the sovereignty of Jesus, the “Prince of princes”.

Prayer Father, we pray for leaders everywhere, that they may respond to your grace. Help me personally to be led in my life by Jesus, the Prince of princes. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


bible1About the Author:
James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.  You are welcome to attend any of our Church congregations located throughout the UK.  This weekend James is speaking at our Ballymoney and Craigavon churches.  For details of these churches or your nearest local congregation, check on our website, www.wcg.org.uk under the ‘Churches’ tab, or ring +44 (0)1858 437099.

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