“Within a short time, and none of us know how soon, our Lord will come; quick ears can hear the rolling of his chariots. Perhaps before that you and I will be called away; are we ready? I do not often enter this place without being told, ‘So-and-so is gone.’ I cannot help looking upon this vast congregation as moving along in procession to the tomb: I am also myself marching with you. We are all going together, and we shall meet together at the judgment-seat of Christ. I would not have you say in that day, ‘We came to hear you, and you did us no good, for you tickled our ears, and tried to play the orator.’ I never did anything of the sort. I do protest it before the living God I never though of such a thing. I have striven to strike straight at your hearts and consciences. You shall not say that of me either here or hereafter. But when we meet in the judgment you will say, ‘It was power in weakness; Christ spoke in you, we were converted, comforted, and sanctified by him.’ Ah, we shall meet, brothers, we shall meet on the other side of the Jordan, in the land of the hereafter, in the city of the blessed; we shall meet and sing together to the praise and glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved!” p. 372
–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Proof of Our Ministry,” Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 30, (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications, 1973), pp. 361-372. Delivered on Lord’s Day morning, June 29, 1884, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle.