Sermon Quotes: "From Oz to Awe"

“Is anyone or anything intrinsically worthy of awe? The loss of awe in the modern world could be attributed to the expansion of scientific understanding, the democratic impulse in world politics, or our growing technological capacity to simulate the miraculous on film, television and computer screens, where we can create a virtual world in which anything can happen but nothing actually happens…The Book of Revelation wages war on the reductionism that chokes awe.” Dennis Johnson

“Revelation 4 is to Revelation 5 what a setting is to a drama. Revelation 4 is a description in apocalyptic symbolism, of the throne room of Almighty God, Revelation 5 plays out a drama in that setting. The setting of Revelation 4 gives way to the drama of Revelation 5.” D.A. Carson

“The book is best understood as containing God’s plan of judgment and redemption, which has been set in motion by Christ’s death and resurrection but has yet to be completed.” Greg Beale

“After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’” Revelation 4:1

“Perhaps he feared momentarily that even the Lord Jesus has been found unworthy.” Greg Beale

“While the Revelation focuses on Christ’s glory, power, and role in judging, the cross is never out of sight.” Carson and Moo

“The question of the angelic spokesman concerns who in the created order has sovereign authority over this plan…God promised Adam that he would reign over the earth. Although Adam forfeited this promise, Christ, the last Adam, was to inherit it. A man had to open the book, since the promise was made to humanity. Yet all are sinners and stand under the judgment contained in this book. Nevertheless, Christ is found worthy because He suffered the final judgment as an innocent sacrificial victim on behalf of His people, whom He represented and consequently redeemed (5:9).” Greg Beale