This video composed by Lane Chaplin was made in response to being “tagged” on YouTube to share five facts about himself. Instead of posting the usual mundane personal trivia, he laid bare the truth about himself as seen through the lens of Scripture. These facts are not really unique to Lane but are shared by all who are convicted by the depth of their depravity and the magnitude of God’s gracious forgiveness. Please watch this video and ask yourself whether God’s grace is your most precious possession, and if it is not, please prayerfully consider the magnitude of your sin and your desperate need for what the apostle Paul called “the washing of regeneration and renewal” (Titus 3:4-8).
This video is the personal testimony of John Farese, a Christian gentleman who suffers from a congenital illness that has left him dependent upon the care of others for his entire life. He speaks eloquently about the great comfort he finds in God’s sovereignty while facing a condition that many would curse God for, even identifying his illness as a blessing.
“One of the psalmists wrote, Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me’ (Psalm 66:16) - and I gladly do so. He has turned my mourning into laughter and my desolation into joy. He has made my heart rejoice with ‘an inexpressible and glorious joy’ (1 Peter 1:8). When I struggled to escape from his grace, he drew me to himself. I bear witness that never servant had such a master as I have, never brother such a kinsman, never spouse such a husband. No sinner ever had a better Saviour than Jesus, no mourner a better comforter. I want none beside him. In life he is my life, and in death he shall be the death of death. In poverty, he is my riches, in sickness my health, in darkness my sun. Jesus is to me all grace and no wrath, all truth and no falsehood: and of truth and grace he is full, infinitely full.”
This short audio clip is taken from a recent sermon presented by John Piper at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on March 27, 2007. No further introduction is necessary–just listen to it. Praise God for men like John Piper, who are able to use mere words to express such profound truths. Thank you Dr. Piper for reminding us that Jesus is more than icing on the cake.