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.
"I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that's why I was sent" (Luke 4:43).
That Sabbath in Capernaum was glorious and unforgettable. The sick were healed with a touch of Jesus' hand. The kingdom of Satan was trembling, and demons cried in fear that Jesus was the Son of God. Everyone sensed that the new world was coming.
The next day, before dawn, Jesus was speaking to his Father in "a solitary place."
When his disciples found him, they wanted Jesus to continue where he had left off.
"No," said Jesus, "I was sent into the world for the proclamation of the kingdom of God; therefore I must now go to the other towns."
The good news is that God has come to our planet in Jesus to set all things straight. Earth will return to the government of heaven. That's the kingdom of God.
The miraculous deeds of Jesus and of his followers are the signs of the kingdom. They are helps to our faith. They prove that whatever is wrong must be set straight, whoever is sick will be healed, and wherever evil dwells, it will be driven out.
But the signs are secondary to the preaching of the kingdom. God will restore the world by the Word of the kingdom and by our faith. Wherever this gospel about the Messiah is believed, the Lord reigns and his Spirit is present.
"This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matt. 24:14).
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