The True Woman ’08 conference, sponsored by Revive Our Hearts, was held this past fall in Chicago.  The opening message at that conference was delivered by Pastor John Piper.  In his message, he makes this mind-blowing observation:

That’s the reason the universe exists: To display the glory of God’s grace in its highest expression as the Son of God dies to make a rebellious people His bride.

Everything exists so that that can happen, and everything exists to highlight that and make much of that, especially you. God’s ultimate purpose in creating the world and choosing to let it become this sin-wrecked world that it is, is so that the glory of Christ could be put on display where He bought the rebellious bride at the cost of His life.

Now that’s based on text. Let me give you a couple of them.

Revelation chapter 13, verse 8, goes like this. God is talking about writing names down in a book, and those that are in the book don’t worship the beast. He says, “Before the foundation of the world, in the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain.”

So names are being written before the foundation of the world in a book, and the name of the book is the Book of Life of the Lamb who was slain. That is amazing. Before anything existed but God, Christ was crucified in God’s mind for sin that didn’t exist anywhere in the universe. That’s amazing. That’s not wimpy, and it doesn’t produce wimpy women. It is staggering to think that God was planning the death and slaughter–that’s the word slain–of His Son before the universe was made.

You can listen to the rest of Pastor Piper’s message on “The Most Influential People in the World” here.