What follows is not a normal “chapel blog.” What follows is my reflections, however childish they are, of what happened today.
I am sitting here approximately 2 hours after the chapel message commenced. I am still in complete awe of what just took place. What follows cannot begin to even describe what took place today in chapel. Dr. David Platt, a man annointed by God, was used by God as an instrument in which He revealed a portion of His glory to us.
It had nothing to do with the sermon. It had nothing to do with the speaker per se. It had everything to do with the Word of God being spoken. That is it. That is all it was. There was no pageantry. There were no bells and whistles. Fortunately, Dr. Mohler listened to the Spirit and nixed the closing/response hymn. Try as I might, and I am struggling to type this right now, I cannot put into words what took place today.
I would tell you to listen to this message, but it will not be the same. My wife watched the chapel on channel 19 and was blown away, but even she said it rang somewhat hollow because it was through the television screen and not in person. Hebrews 4:12 reads, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Something that is alive cannot be experienced through any medium like a blog or a television screen or a podcast. It must be experienced in person. It must be experienced in the flesh. When I became aware of what was happening, I just turned the laptop off and sat and waited with expectancy for God to show up. He did and, if you were present, you left a changed person. If you did not leave a changed person, and I have no problem saying this, you are not a believer in Jesus Christ.
You can download the message here, but I fear that what you will hear will in no way resemble what took place. God’s Word is active and living and it certainly pierces to the marrow of our very being. My wife said (and I agree) that it was as if we were the recipients of the original letter to the Romans. It was as though Paul was standing in front of us “preaching as a dying man to dying men.”
I am too numb to continue.