Devotion of the Day

The Ultimate Vindication

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:10, 11

The preacher of Christ, however much men may disagree with and oppose him now, has always the certainty that one day everybody will agree with him. Some day every tongue will make it unanimous that Jesus is Lord. It will be too late for the salvation of most of them, but our Lord will receive universal homage.

That day will vindicate our faith in Him in the eyes of all creation. We can afford to wait for that, but no unbeliever can afford to wait.

The Lordship of Christ is the center of our faith. The believer’s confession is, “Jesus is Lord.” One day the universe will make it final: “Jesus is Lord.” It is never a question of “Will you confess Him as Lord?” But “When?” Now, while you may be saved, or then, will it be too late?

Do not wait for that Ultimate Vindication. “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

Devotion of the Day

Waiting For A Kingdom

A good man…who also himself waited for the kingdom of God.
Luke 23:50, 51

Some of us are looking for a better day. We are waiting for that time when God’s kingdom shall come, when His will shall be done on earth as in heaven. We seek a country. We are strangers and pilgrims on this earth. We are not at home here. Our citizenship is in heaven.

I know it looks to some as though the Kingdom were nowhere near. It must have been a dark day for Joseph of Arimathea when he laid away the body of Jesus. It looked like the devil had everything going his way. But far from it! Redemption’s work had been finished, and the resurrection was only a few hours away!

Throughout this wretched world more hearts are waiting for the Kingdom than we imagine. All other kingdoms are coming to an end. More than one patient Joseph of Arimathea is humbly carrying on. Lift up your heads, all ye who desire a better country. When things look darkest to the world, they look brightest to the Christian. Our King is coming back!

What better thing could be said of any mortal than this: “A good man…who also himself waited for the kingdom of God”?