by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
The Prince of Peace, the Son of David, was announced by Isaiah. The story of his coming was proclaimed by the evangelists, each with a different emphasis. Jesus made God's kingship real in this world. Today, the kingdom is here—and it is coming.
For Zion's sake I will not keep silent.... I have posted watchmen on your walls...; they will never be silent (Isa. 62:1, 6).
The Spirit-filled messenger of the Year of Jubilee is Jesus of Nazareth (61:1). He is also the speaker of these words: "For Zion's sake I will not keep silent." I will not rest until, "like a blazing torch," the story of my redeeming work has filled the world.
We must forever banish from our mind the idea that Christ retired in heaven when he left the earth. Rather, he is actively conducting phase two of his redemptive activity. His earthly ministry was limited to a small country. His heavenly ministry embraces the globe. During his earthly ministry he paid the price. By his heavenly ministry he gathers what he paid for.
Do not underestimate Christ's zeal for his church. He will not rest until "her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch."
During the present phase of his work, he also engages his saints. The "watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem," may not be silent, day or night. They proclaim the news on earth, and they pound the gates of heaven: "You who call on the Lord, give yourselves no rest, and give him no rest till he establishes Jerusalem."
There's restless redemption work going on in heaven and on earth.
The Lord is driving the history of the world towards the great day of redemption. And he calls each of us to take part in that work.
What are your and my assignments?
Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.
A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version