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September 9 Today’s Reading: Daniel 9-10
“Messiah the Prince”
The man Gabriel appeared to Daniel, assuring him of the coming of Christ and of our Savior’s great accomplishments as our Savior at God’s appointed time (Daniel 9:20-24). By the accomplishment of these six great feats of grace, “Messiah the Prince” is identified. He who accomplished these things is the Christ, the Son of God, our Savior.
First, Gabriel told Daniel that when the Christ appeared, He would, by the sacrifice of Himself, “finish the transgression.” That is precisely what our blessed Savior did when our transgressions were laid on Him and borne by Him, and he carried them all away in the stream of His precious blood when He made satisfaction for us. They shall never be seen or brought up again!
Second, the Lord Jesus came here in our flesh to “make an end of sins.” Yes, our blessed Savior abolished the sins of His people forever when He paid to the full the price of our ransom, by the sacrifice of Himself! — He made an end of all the sins of all His redeemed forever (1 John 3:5; Psalm 32:1; Romans 4:8; Numbers 23:21, 23). No charge can be brought against us. No, the curse of the law cannot reach us. No sentence of the law can be executed upon us. No punishment can be inflicted upon us. We are entirely and completely saved from all our sins and all the evil consequences of them forever!
Reconciliation for Iniquity
Third, the Son of God came into the world to save His people from their sins by making “reconciliation for iniquity,” by making blood atonement for it. By His precious blood, by the sacrifice of Himself, by His sufferings and death, the law and justice of God were fully satisfied; full reparation was made for the injury done by sin (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). For all our iniquities, our dear Savior has made complete reconciliation!
Fourth, our dear Savior came here “to bring in everlasting righteousness” for His people, righteousness by which He magnified the law and made it honorable. He brought in this perfect righteousness for us by His perfect life of obedience to the law and will of God as our Representative, even His obedience unto death as our covenant Surety and Substitute. This is the righteousness He bestows upon His redeemed, the righteousness we have received by faith in Him, that everlasting righteousness in which we stand and shall forever stand before the holy Lord God in the perfection of beauty! This righteousness is a robe of righteousness that will never wear out. Its virtue to justify will continue forever. It is perfect righteousness, the very righteousness of God; and it is ours in Christ Jesus!
Seal Up the Vision
Fifthly, by His obedience unto death and His resurrection from the dead, our Lord Jesus Christ “sealed up the vision and prophecy.” That is to say, He fulfilled it all — All the Law — All the Prophets — All the Types — All the Promises — All the Old Testament!
Anoint the Most Holy
Sixthly, Christ came here “to anoint the most Holy.” Christ’s ransomed ones, God’s elect, His Church (poor, ruined, wretched sinners like you and me), are here called “the most holy.” — Imagine that! Washed in the blood of Christ, clothed with His righteousness, and sanctified by His Spirit, we are in union with the Lamb of God, “the most Holy!”
“With His spotless garments on,
Holy as the Holy One!”
Rejoice, O my soul, rejoice, and give praise to God forever!