We talk of major “breakthroughs” in science, in space exploration. We hope for a breakthrough in the conquest of cancer. The greatest of all major breakthroughs was stated by Isaiah: “Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down…” (64:1). That is a breakthrough in reverse – God visiting us. He has done it in His Son, in His Spirit’s coming at Pentecost, in great revivals, in answers to prayer. He will break through when our Lord returns. We need a major breakthrough now in a fresh visitation. Lord, do it again!
The message of John the Baptist was “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). The Kingdom was coming then in the Person of the Saviour; it was a spiritual Kingdom, the reign of God in the hearts of men. The Kingdom is coming soon; it will be a visible Kingdom when the King returns and once again our message should be “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Christ’s message to the church for this hour is “Repent.” But who dares to call the average Sunday-morning congregation to repentance? Said Joseph Parker: “The man whose message is ‘Repent’ sets himself against his age and will be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man…off with his head! You had better not preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.”