The Terms of the Judgement
A Sermon on Isaiah 1:16-18
Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean;
remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes;
cease to do evil,
learn to do good;
bring justice to the fatherless,
plead the widow’s cause.
“Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD:
though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red like crimson,
they shall become like wool. (ESV)
What a truly awe-inspiring thought that the God of the universe, our Creator, has called sinful humans to come to Him. In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches from Isaiah 1:16-18 and reminds us of the incredible offer we have from God Himself to come before Him. In this passage, God calls us to reason with Him, to have a discussion about our sins. Yet there is another element to this— a challenge. Because He is our maker, God is just to demand what He does. Because we have disobeyed Him, the punishment for our sins is just. What silences this, though, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones makes note of, is the grace of God’s offer that follows this challenge. We need clean hands and a pure heart to stand before God, yet because every one of us have the guilt of sin staining us, we cannot merit this forgiveness on our own. But, as Isaiah states in this passage, Jesus has offered to take our sins that are as red as scarlet and make them as white as snow. As the old hymn communicates so poetically, there is a fountain filled with blood that is drawn from Emmanuel’s veins. Yet, sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains. Trust in Jesus today for forgiveness from your sins!
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.