No Longer Slaves
A Sermon on Acts 7:35-36
“This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. (ESV)
The message of the Gospel is as hard for people to believe today as it was in the days of the apostles. As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches about Acts 7:35-36, he shows that the Gospel contradicts man’s notion of self-sufficiency and grandeur. The Jewish leaders rejected Christ as the only atonement for sin. Stephen boldly proclaimed this message and the reaction from society was so violent that it cost him his life. They saw his message as an offense to Moses, the Law, the temple, and God himself. But in his sermon, Stephen explains how their own history reveals Christ as the One who fulfills the Law that Moses received from God on Mount Sinai. It is Christ who fulfills all of redemptive history. He is above the temple, the Law, and Moses. The Sanhedrin, by opposing Christ, were the ones rejecting Moses and the Law. Their rejection of the Gospel is a turning from the only way to be delivered from the bondage and slavery of sin and the Devil. This is the great tragedy of unbelief, men and women reject the only way of salvation that God has given to the world when they reject Christ Jesus.