Not of This World
A Sermon on John 17:25
O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. (ESV)
Why was the baby Jesus born in the manger? According to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones in this sermon on John 17:25, it was for nothing less than the redemption of the whole world. Jesus came into the world to live the perfect life and die upon the cross as the only way of salvation. This is opposed to those who claim that Christianity is concerned with merely moral reform. For Christ did come to just to set an example for how we live, but He died so that we could have true life. What does this mean for us? This means that salvation is not about morality, nor is it about our own works, but salvation comes from who Christ is and what He has done. The world does not know this. For so many men and women live their lives seeking their own pleasure and justification. But in Christ we see God dying in our stead for our redemption. We should turn away from ourselves and the world by looking to Christ and His work. Once we are saved, we are no longer under the power of sin and darkness, we are no longer subject to the judgment of this world. This message of Jesus is our only hope for salvation.
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.