Christ the Hope of Glory
A Sermon on John 1:10-12
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, (ESV)
Does the world care about Christ? It never will if the joy and peace of Christ isn't seen and alive in the church today. This lack of obvious joy, claims Lloyd Jones, flows from a failure to reflect on the Gospel. Listen as this sermon unfolds the three central components to the Christian faith: knowing, believing, and receiving. These truths illustrate that this is God’s world, that though there is darkness in the world, God sent His son to save us from that darkness. When we receive Jesus and believe in the power of His sacrifice for our sin, we are saved. Any christian lacking in joy will rekindle their passion by considering these things, and dwelling on the fact we are completely forgiven in Christ. Our feelings are dictated by our thoughts and our knowledge; therefore, an accurate understanding and belief on these truths will lend oneself to experience and demonstrate great and genuine joy.