Human history has a goal, a telos, a purpose, and that purpose we read about in Revelation 7. That purpose is that Christ the King came to give his life a ransom for many. He purchased with his blood every people and nation that they might serve him. The promises that were made to Abraham in Genesis 12:3 were extraordinary. He was childless, yet he was told that he would be the father of the nations. He did not possess any land, yet he was promised that through his descendants–all the nations of the earth would and will be blessed. Why? Because God is gathering worshippers. He is building Christ’s Church; His kingdom of justice, righteousness, and peace. As John Piper reminds us in his book Let the Nations Be Glad, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church, worship is. Missions exist because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions because God is ultimate, not man. The ultimate goal of the church is worship. When this age is over and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity, but worship abides forever.”
~Reverend Joe Harrell, Parish Presbyterian Church
“Jesus did not come in order to try to save the world, if the uncooperative world would only let Him. He came to save the world; He will be satisfied with nothing less than a saved world. That was the whole point” (Heaven Misplaced, p. 127).