Sunday Sermon Quotes: "The Last Song"

“Today-as in every generation-it is stunning to watch the shift away from God as the all-satisfying gift of God’s love. It is stunning how seldom God himself is proclaimed as the greatest gift of the gospel. But the Bible teaches that the best and final gift of God’s love is the enjoyment of God’s beauty…The best and final gift of the gospel is that we gain Christ…This is the all-encompassing gift of God’s love through the gospel-to see and savor the glory of Christ forever.

In order for the Christian gospel to be good news it must provide an all-satisfying and eternal gift that undeserving sinners can receive and enjoy. For that to be true, the gift must be three things. First, the gift must be purchased by the blood and righteousness of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Our sins must be covered, and the wrath of God against us must be removed, and Christ’s righteousness must be imputed to us. Second, the gift must be free and not earned. There would be no good news if we had to merit the gift of the gospel. Third, the gift must be God himself, above all his other gifts. 

The critical question for our generation-and for every generation-is this: If you could have heaven with no sickness, and with all the friends you ever had on earth, and all the food you ever liked, and all the leisure activities you ever enjoyed, and all the natural beauty you ever saw, and the physical pleasures you ever tasted, and no human conflict or any natural disasters, could you be satisfied with heaven, if Christ was not there?

 

And the question for Christian leaders is: Do we preach and teach and lead in such a way that people are prepared to hear that question and answer with a resoundingNo? Have we presented the gospel in such a way that the gift of the glory of God in the face of Christ is marginal rather than central and ultimate? Can we really say that our people are being prepared for heaven where Christ himself, not his gifts, will be the supreme pleasure?” John Piper

“Here we are given a glimpse of what heaven will be like.” Gordon Wenham

“It reminds us that the praise of God is one, the church below, joining angels and all the company of heaven in worship.” John Stott

“When you believe the gospel, you taste and see that the Lord himself is good and that the best gift he has purchased for you in the death of His Son is the enjoyment of God himself…’that he might bring us to God.’ There it is. The ultimate end of the gospel is coming home to God. Knowing him. Seeing him unsullied with our own sin. Being with him. Being conformed to him. Enjoying him with the capacities for joy that heaven alone will give.” John Piper

“So we see that these instruments lift not just sounds in praise to God, but they lift the whole history of the nation’s experience to God in praise.” Robert Godfrey

“Here then is the glory of creation. God gave humans breath, and so they owe their breath to him, making praise the primary reason they have it. The call is for breath to be used in this way.” Allen Ross

“No music or musical instruments however inspiring they may be, can adequately express the praise of God-They must be joined ‘by everything that breathes.’” Robert Davidson

“The N.T. reiterates this point, especially in the numerous acclamations, doxologies and praises in heaven and on earth recorded throughout the book of Revelation.” Allen Ross