by Kerry Shook

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Stairway to Heaven (2 of 2)
Series: Classic Rock
Pastor Kerry Shook

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We're in a series I'm calling Classic Rock as we've been taking some of the greatest rock songs of all time, having some fun with them, but more importantly we've been looking to the real classic rock Jesus Christ in a very shaky time because He wants to sing His song into our hearts in uncertain times. Now as I looked at the internet this week, there seems to be this amazing consensus of the number one classic rock song of all time and it's by one of the greatest rock bands of all time. In fact, just last week, former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, was asked what her favorite music was and everyone expected her to give the name of some famous composer from the past but immediately she said "Led Zeppelin". (Laughter). She said, "I listen to it while I work out". I mean, there's some staying power to the band Led Zeppelin and the number one classic rock song of all time, "Stairway To Heaven" and I remember listening to "Stairway To Heaven" in junior high when I actually had hair, really long hair (laughter) and I would think, this is deep stuff (laughter) because I had absolutely no idea what it meant, but this must be so deep. Now what I didn't realize then is that it may not have been so deep, it may have been another word that started with a "D", drugs (laughter) but I'm, I don't really want to talk about that, but I do want to read to you the first lines of the song, "Stairway To Heaven".

Theres a lady who's sure
All that glitters is gold
And shes buying a stairway to Heaven.
When she gets there she knows
If the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
And she's buying a stairway to Heaven.

All throughout history, people have tried to buy a stairway to Heaven. Back in the dark ages, the clergy were selling what they called indulgences, claiming it was the only way for the people to be absolved and forgiven of their sins, but even today many people are still trying to buy a stairway to Heaven. They're trying to buy a stairway to Heaven through their good works and their good deeds. They're trying to earn this stairway to Heaven by following rules and rituals and regulations, but because of our sin there is this great chasm between ourselves and perfect God. There is this great chasm between ourselves and perfect Heaven and that's why I could never buy a stairway to Heaven. I could never build a stairway to Heaven. I could never borrow a stairway to Heaven.
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