The Tragedy of Unbelief
A Sermon on Acts 4:8-10
Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. (ESV)
Men reject the Gospel of Christ because of their unbelief and hardened heart. This is the universal problem Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains. Sinful men have always rejected the message of the Gospel and those that bring the message, this is no less the case with the apostles. They were persecuted, some to death, and they suffered because they refused to be silent. This persecution and rejection of the Gospel has been present throughout church history. Lloyd-Jones says that the tragedy of this rejection of the Gospel is that when men reject the Gospel, they lose any hope of salvation. Apart from the Gospel that is persecuted and hated, no one can be saved. There is no peace, hope, or joy without the redeeming power of the Gospel of God. Ancient man and modern man are no different on their foolish and blind unbelief. Both are lost and live in darkness apart from the light of God’s grace in Christ. The root of this is sin, but in their darkest sorrow’s men reject the only hope that the world has ever known. This rejection of the message of salvation is the great tragedy of unbelief. The very remedy to the world’s greatest problems is what the world despises the most.