A Sermon on John 4:27-30Read more
What does humanity demand from Jesus? In a world that is so violent and where injustices are prevalent, some of the demands from humanity seems wholesome. There is a desire to have peace, justice, and prosperity. These things are good, but are they the primacy of the Christian faith? In this sermon on John 4:27–30 titled “Facing Christ,” Dr. Lloyd-Jones examines the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman and her response to the demands of Jesus. Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows that when one truly encounters Christ, they are stripped of their demands and instead listen to Christ’s demands. These demands are not outwardly focused, but instead shed light upon one’s sins. They should be left with the same words as the woman at the well: “Come, see a man who has told me everything I have ever did. Could this be ‘the Christ?’” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones makes it clear that the nature of true Christian faith confronts one with their sins and that unless the whole position has been changed after encountering Jesus, then one does not have true faith. Often people look at the particular blessings of the Christian life such as peace, consolation or purpose, but they forget that all of these are only the byproduct of the true blessing – Christ Himself.
Additional Scripture Translations
John 4:27-30, New American Standard Bible
27And at this point His disciples came, and they were amazed that He had been speaking with a woman, yet no one said, “What are You seeking?” or, “Why are You speaking with her?” 28So the woman left her waterpot and went into the city, and *said to the people, 29“Come, see a man who told me all the things that I have done; this is not the Christ, is He?” 30They left the city and were coming to Him.
John 4:27-30, King James Version
27¶ And upon this came his disciples, and marvelled that he talked with the woman: yet no man said, What seekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her? 28The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, 29Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ? 30Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.
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.