Book of John
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A picture is worth a thousand words. Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry, Jesus preached and taught the gospel. He exposed sin and one’s need for forgiveness that only he could provide through his death burial and resurrection. As any great preacher would employ, Jesus powerfully illustrated his gospel message. How did he do this? Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from John and the healing at Bethesda. He begins with the question, “Why did the Lord work miracles and why were they recorded?” The answer is two-fold. The miracles of Jesus were signs that powerfully revealed his identity as God. But second, the miracles were a powerful picture to illustrate the gospel. This healing at Bethesda reveals the nature of sin. The man, crippled and unable to get to the water, demonstrates the hopeless and helpless nature of the sinner and the dark disease of sin. The man had no ability to heal himself or even get to the possible remedy. Only Jesus could provide healing physically and spiritually. The Doctor, in this message, causes us to see, that through the picture of this healing, we gain understanding of the gospel and the forgiveness of sin that will make us spiritually whole once again.
Unbelievers are blinded to the truth by their own prejudices. Jesus had just performed a supernatural miracle healing the man by the pool of Bethesda. How would the Pharisees respond? In this message on John 5:10, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches that the Pharisees were blinded to the truth by the prejudices that governed their hearts. Confronted with this powerful miracle, the Pharisees were forced to deal with Jesus. They were confronted by the facts of this miracle and ultimately his divine nature. The Old Testament had prophesied of the Jesus of Nazareth and the facts surrounding Jesus clearly fulfilled those prophecies. However, instead of embracing and believing the facts, and Jesus Himself, they held onto their prejudices. Blinded by the Law, they deny Jesus identity because he healed on the Sabbath. He had worked on the Sabbath and caused the man to work by carrying his pallet. Certainly, no Messiah would break their law. Their reaction provides a stark contrast, a backdrop for true belief. While the miracle pictured spiritual healing in the gospel, soon to be embraced by the man, the Pharisees could not believe, blinded and enslaved by prejudice. To truly know Christ, the prejudice must be removed.
Why is it absolutely essential to believe in Jesus? In this message on John 5:37-39, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones considers the essential question of why one must believe in Jesus for salvation. This seems like an odd question, even one with an obvious answer. Yet, the Pharisees, along with many today, zealously believe in God but never mention or acknowledge Jesus Christ. The Pharisees had just witnessed a powerful miracle, however, they completely overlook it because they believed in God! In performing this miracle, Jesus had broken the Sabbath. He had broken God’s law which the Pharisees were dedicated to protect. Therefore, they confront Jesus about his working on the Sabbath. How does he respond? Jesus says, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” Jesus responds by making himself equal with God, fully divine, fully a part of the triune God. Believing in Jesus and his identity as God in the flesh is essential to salvation and knowing God. The Pharisees ardently profess belief in God, but respond to Jesus with further desire to kill him. It is in the midst of this profound rejection of Jesus that The Doctor offers reasons for why it is essential to believe in Jesus.
Seeing and perceiving; hearing and understanding; mastered by the Word; the example of Lydia; the Word reveals the condition of man; the final judgement; the giver of life.
The life in Christ; Christianity not to be confused with morality; the need for a new nature; the inability of natural man to understand; it is the life in Christ that changes.
Man's need of salvation; man under the guilt and power of sin; the message of John the Baptist; the Son who speaks for God.
Salvation; and the evidence of John the Baptist; sin; and man's relationship to God; prophecy fulfilled in Christ; He takes away sin; the Lamb of God bruised for our iniquities.
The testimony of John the Baptist; the baptism of John and Christ compared; morality is not Christianity; the leading of the Spirit.
Spiritual blindness and the life of illusion; the inevitability of judgement and the moral principle that runs through life; a question of authority; and the final judgement; the new nature a gift from God.
The general appeal of religion; and its dangers; temporary believers; false ideas of Christianity.