Daily Devotions

How the Messiah was cut off — but not for Himself!

Daniel 9:26

‘Messiah shall be cut off — but not for Himself!… And He shall confirm the covenant with many, for one week. And in the midst of the week, He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease! For the overspreading of abominations, He shall make it desolate — even until the consummation, and that which is determined shall be poured upon the desolate.’ Daniel 9:26-27.

Calvin comments: “Daniel treats of the..weeks which elapsed between the sixth year of Darius, and the baptism of Christ when the Gospel began…. Christ would then be manifested to undertake the government of His people. Then, the angel here asserts, Christ would die….

“‘The leader of the coming people shall destroy the city and the sanctuary’…. Although the Roman army which would destroy the city and sanctuary did not immediately appear, yet the Prophet assures them of the arrival of a leader with an army which would occasion the destruction of both the city and the sanctuary…. Titus…would overthrow the city and national polity, and utterly
put an end to the priesthood and the race [in 70 A.D.]….

“God’s covenant is established with us. Because we have once been reconciled by the death of Christ…. At the same time, the effect of the Holy Spirit is added — because God inscribes the Law upon our hearts….

“Christ is correctly said ‘to have confirmed the covenant with many’…. Christ is said not only to have renewed God’s covenant with a single nation, but generally with the world at large….

“While Christ passed through the period of His life on Earth, He did not put an end to the sacrifices. But after He had offered Himself up as a victim, then all the rites…came to a close…. God testified by His Prophet the cessation of sacrifices after Christ’s resurrection….

“We are now treating of a profanation of the temple…. Without the slightest doubt, this prophecy was fulfilled when the city was captured and overthrown and the temple utterly destroyed by Titus the son of Vespasian….

“The passages marks…the change which took place…after Christ’s resurrection…. After the grace of Christ had obstinately been rejected (by Judaists), the ‘extension of abomination’ followed. That is, God overwhelmed the temple…and caused its sanctity and glory to pass away utterly….

“Grant, Almighty God, since…Your Only-begotten Son appeared…, that we may not deprive ourselves of such important blessings by our ingratitude! May we embrace Your Son with true faith, and enjoy the benefit of the redemption which He has procured for us! Being cleansed and purged by His blood, may we be acceptable in Your sight and venture with full and certain confidence to call You ‘Father’!”

For the Messiah was cut off — but not for Himself! For you too?