The Offence of the Cross
A Sermon on Galatians 6:14Read more
When you think of the gospel, what do you identify as its central message? In this sermon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on the cross and its centrality to the good news of Jesus Christ. How you respond to the cross, he says, determines how you will spend eternity. Paul says that the cross is either an offense or something to glory in, and if either of these reactions are not caused, then the cross has not been preached accurately. Why is it offensive? The Doctor provides three reasons. First, it cuts across man’s pride and his preconceived notions of his ability to be in control of his destiny. Second, because the natural man wants to be saved by ideas and philosophies, and the cross is not that. Third, because the cross appears to some to be immoral— the idea of an innocent man dying for those who have done wrong is scandalous to many. Yet, it is the crux of the cross. The cross levels the playing fields between all people— the wealthy, the poor, the academic, and the layperson. The Doctor says that Christians are those who do not merely accept the fact of the cross, but rather glory in it. Why? Because of what they see— the obedience, sacrifice, and love of Jesus. If you have truly seen the cross, says Lloyd-Jones, it is everything to you. This is why the cross is central to the gospel.
Additional Scripture Translations
Galatians 6:14, New American Standard Bible
14But far be it from me to boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
Galatians 6:14, King James Version
14But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.