Beauty from Ashes
A Sermon on John 2:9-10
When the master of the feast tasted the water now become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good wine first, and when people have drunk freely, then the poor wine. But you have kept the good wine until now.” (ESV)
As Christians, we have been promised the great celestial blessings of the Lord. Are we living in light of the promises of these blessings? Are we drinking from the rivers of the Lord’s grace and goodness? In this sermon from John 2:5-10, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones talks about the blessings of the Lord and what they look like in our lives. He begins by focusing on the character of these blessings, which is that they are always good and pure. Dr. Lloyd-Jones then goes on to show what these blessings do for us as God’s children. Something we often do not think about is how these blessings show us our desperate condition of need and dependence upon the Lord. These blessings do not come through anything we have done to deserve them, but as a free gift from the Lord. Our own righteousness is but filthy rags. But when we thirst after Him, our Savior in His grace and mercy brings beauty from our filthy rags, and fills us with His blessings of eternal life and His fullness. When we receive these blessings, not only will we know, but those around us will see what only God can do in bringing beauty from the ashes.
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.