The Book of Revelation
What are some things that you get most excited about? A good movie, concert, or game are all things that can get an emotional response out of us, but are you more excited about your religion than those things? Better put, does God make you more excited than the things of this world? In this sermon on Revelation 3:14, Martyn Lloyd-Jones will preach against lukewarmness in the church – not only as a whole, but the lukewarmness that is pervasive in each individual's heart. The lukewarm heart is one that does not despise God, but does not love God. It is one that is sentimental towards God. Ignorance is the cause of this lukewarmness; ignorance towards the greatness of God and ignorance about the history of the church. Lukewarmness looks like nice, moral people who are involved in church, yet they desire to be in control of their religion. Are you lukewarm? Listeners will be charged to examine themselves to see if they truly desire God, have His peace, and desire more of Him. Do you see yourself as spiritually full, or lacking? Dr. Martyn LLoyd-Jones will help you diagnose the condition of your heart.
The idea of Christian hope is criticized by the world as a mere “fantasy.” It seems foolish to many because of the proliferation of wars, chaos, and political tension across the globe. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches us in this sermon on Revelation 21:1 that hope is a main characteristic of the Gospel itself and is the message of the Bible. Hope is an anchor for our souls in the midst of chaos, not a reason for cynicism and disbelief. It is both optimistic and pessimistic at the same time. It is pessimistic as it reveals to us the truth of our human condition. In stark and realistic terms, the Bible gives us the diagnosis of the human heart as sinful and separated from God. This condition is true of every leader in the world. This is true but this is not where we, the believers, are left! The Bible gives us an explanation for our condition and also gives the hope of a new heaven and new earth where sorrow and sin are no more. Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages our hearts in this sermon with the reminder that the Gospel is immediately pessimistic but ultimately, and gloriously, optimistic. We are reminded to set our eyes on the things of heaven as we await the new heaven and new earth.
What is the only hope for this world? Mankind puts his hope in all kinds of different things, from politicians to wise men. The world is always looking for a cure to its many ills. However, try as it may, the world has never found an answer to its many problems over the hundreds of years it has searched. Why is this? In this sermon on Revelation 21:5, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that the answer is really quite simple. The world does not know God. For this reason, it always looks to the wrong places for hope. The world looks to itself, but this is vain and hopeless because only God can take this broken world and make it right. He is doing just this in His Son, Jesus Christ. By dying on the cross Jesus has vanquished not only sin and death, but He has destroyed Satan and broken his hold on this world. Jesus will return and put all things under His feet, He will make all things new and finally vanquish sin and evil once and for all. In the New Heaven and Earth, creation will be remade and freed from all pollution. All those who believe in Jesus will be made partakers of this new creation by grace and faith in Christ Jesus.