A Sermon on John 1:16
For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (ESV)
Preaching from John 1:16 at the beginning of a new year, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones asks his listener: how will you prepare yourself for all that lies ahead in the coming months? The Bible, he says, is our handbook for life— it is sufficient for all the wisdom we need to live a godly life and handle what will come our way. Instead of promising that His followers would not face hard times during their walk with Him, Jesus stated that we will have an increase in these things! Yet, He also said that He has already overcome the world for us. One way we can survive the hard circumstances that are a part of life is to learn to think scripturally. This means that we must see every event in life in the light of Scripture. Dr. Lloyd-Jones exhorts us to spend time every day studying the Bible. However, he goes further, encouraging us to avoid treating our times in God’s Word as a mere task— Scripture contains the life, wisdom, and spiritual food that we need in order to live for Christ in the midst of trying times. Part of this is to acknowledge that God is sovereign and in complete control over all. When we remember this, we can put everything in His hands and lean on His promises. This, Dr. Lloyd-Jones says, is how Christians can live through the difficult times that lay ahead.