Summary: End Time 3 / Saints Triumphant (C) - God’s best is yet to come! God’s best means jubilant joy and perfect peace.
GOD’S BEST IS YET TO COME (Outline)
November 15, 2009 --
SAINTS TRIUMPHANT / 3RD SUN. OF END TIME --
INTRO: Just as much as one knows about the future in the same way no one knows much about the future. The world views the future with great uncertainty. The believer views the future with God’s great certainty. All around us are many who worry much about what might happen or not happen in the future. As believers there is comfort in knowing that God controls the future of all things, especially the blessings for his believers. "However, as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him’-- but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit" (1 COR. 2:9, 10a). Physically looking ahead we cannot comprehend all God’s glory yet to be revealed. By grace God reveals that heaven is our home. Believers look ahead to the best of God yet to be enjoyed.
GOD’S BEST IS YET TO COME.
I. Jubilant joy. II. Perfect peace.
I. GOD’S BEST – JUBILANT JOY
A. Isaiah was God’s prophet. God called Isaiah. God sent Isaiah to God’s people with his word.
1. Many chapters in Isaiah warned Israel of God’s judgment. Their time of grace was short.
2. Verse 17. Isaiah brings to Israel a message of joy and hope. God is patient.
a. Everything will be new the old will be gone. b. Sins will no longer be remembered.
B. Verse 18a. God is revealing to his people through Isaiah the blessings of eternity, heaven.
1. Earthly praises come to end. Man is mortal. People can only rejoice forever in heaven.
2. Verses 18b, 19a. The Lord will delight in Jerusalem. God’s people will be a joy to him.
a. This can only happen in heaven. b. On earth mankind is sinful, not a joy to God.
C. Verse 19b. There will be joy upon joy upon joy in heaven. The old order of things is gone.
D. On this side of heaven all our joys are tempered with sorrow. Why is that? Why do we not always experience jubilant joy? The main reason our joy is diluted is because of sin. All of our thoughts and words and actions are contaminated by sin. We cannot escape sin. When Adam and Eve sinned the perfect creation of God changed forever. Thorns, thistles, pain, suffering, and sorrow entered into the once perfect world. Our world is no longer perfect. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Even in laughter the heart may ache, and joy may end in grief" (PROVERBS 14:12, 13).
We like to think our plans will bring us joy. We want our efforts to work out for our good. Everything earthly eventually leads to death. Heartache and grief infects our lives even in the midst of joy.
E. God’s promise of joy is the very opposite of everything evil. God’s best is yet to come. We ought to rejoice when a believer dies. For that believer has left behind all sorrow and sadness. That believer enjoys the perfect, jubilant joy that every believer desires. In the midst of that joy there is still sorrow at the loss of a loved one. Sin robs us of the joy that is always to be ours. We survive sorrow. We put grief behind us by looking ahead to what is yet to come. "He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away" (REVELA-TION 21:4). Heaven is beyond what we can imagine. Our thinking is finite and very limited. In heaven all things will be new. There will only be joy upon joy upon joy for every believer forever and ever.
F. Can we have any joy here on earth? Yes, definitely! God’s true joy for us on earth is tainted with sin. We cannot escape that. But God is greater than sin. God reminds us that not only will heaven be our home but also heaven is even now God’s gift to and for every believer. The joy of heaven is ours to enjoy and rejoice in here and now. "You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand" (PSALM 16:11). We look forward to the day of seeing God face to face. Until that time we already enjoy eternal pleasures from God’s right hand.
GOD’S BEST IS YET TO COME.
We have joy upon joy upon joy today and eventually forever.
II. GOD’S BEST – PERFECT PEACE