Must the Son of Man be Lifted Up?
A Sermon on John 3:14-15
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. (ESV)
Must the Son of Man be lifted up? In this sermon on John 3:14-15, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones focuses on a key word from the passage: “must.” Jesus is having a conversation with a religious leader named Nicodemus, and Jesus retells an account from the Old Testament to show Nicodemus what it is exactly that he came to do—be lifted up. According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, the word “must” tells us that the Lord’s death upon the cross was no accident. He asserts that it is the teaching of Scripture everywhere that this thing which happened on Calvary’s hill was predetermined and foreordained before a single man breathed in this world, before there ever was a world. Dr. Lloyd-Jones argues further that “must” tells us that the forgiveness of sin cannot occur apart from Christ’s death upon the cross. It must take place because God in His holiness hates sin and must punish it by way of His wrath. The perfect Son of Man, Jesus Christ took the punishment for sin upon himself by being lifted up on the cross. There was no other way. God’s justice must be satisfied, and His wrath appeased. That is why the Son of Man must be lifted up. He must.
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.