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Jesus and the Lions' Den - Part 3 of 3

The Innocence of Jesus

by Simon Whitton

In the last two devotionals, we saw how the story of 'Daniel and the Lions' Den' speaks prophetically into the circumstances leading up to and the events of Jesus' execution. Then a stone was rolled in front of Jesus' tomb and Pilate placed a seal on it; similarly, a stone was also placed over the mouth of the lions' den and was sealed by the king. We pick up the story the next morning…

At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions' den.
Daniel 6:19 (NIV)

At dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to the tomb; then Peter ran to the tomb.  (Matthew 28:1, Luke 24:12)

Daniel answered, "O king, live forever! My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king."  Daniel 6:21-22 (NIV)

Jesus descended into the depths of the earth, but the demons of hell could not touch Him because He had done no wrong before God; He was innocent.
(Ephesians 4:9-10, Luke 23:41)

The king ordered Daniel lifted out of the den; he came out of the den alive.
(Daniel 6:23)

By his power God raised Jesus from the dead; He came out of the tomb alive!!!
(1 Corinthians 6:14)

The king was overjoyed, no wound was found on Daniel, because he had trusted in his God.   (Daniel 6:23)

The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord; and He showed them His healed wounds.   (John 20:20)

The men who had falsely accused Daniel were thrown into the lions' den. The lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.   (Daniel 6:24)

Those who had falsely accused Jesus were condemned to hell. It even says that the chief priests and the Pharisees “will be crushed".  (Matthew 21:44-45, 23:33-36)

King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land: people must fear and reverence God, his dominion will never end.  He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."  (Daniel 6:25-27)

The gospel message has been written to all peoples, nations and men of every language, declaring that people must fear and reverence God, whose kingdom will never end.  His messengers declare the good news of God's salvation, that He rescues men, and the gospel will be accompanied by signs and wonders. He rescued Jesus from the power of the lions.
(Revelation 14:6-7; Luke 1:33; Mark 16:15-20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; Acts 2:24; Psalm 22:21-28)


So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.   Daniel 6:28 (NIV)

So Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God.   (Acts 2:32-36)

The account of 'Daniel and the Lions' Den' gives us two reasons why Daniel did not die. The first is Daniel's innocence, and the second is that Daniel trusted God.

“he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me,
because I was found innocent in his sight".

Daniel 6:22a (NIV)

no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
Daniel 6:23b (NIV)

However, we are not innocent and will surely die.  But the good news of the gospel is that Jesus' innocence becomes ours as we put our trust in Him.  Like Christ, we all face physical death, but His resurrection will also become yours.

Spend some time in prayer, and thank Jesus that He died for you personally, that His innocence has become yours, and that His resurrection will also be yours.
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