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A Man of Authority

Book of John

A Sermon on John 4:28-30

So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” They went out of the town and were coming to him. (ESV)

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What does it look like to follow Christ? In this sermon titled “A Man of Authority,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the extraordinary encounter between Jesus and the woman at the well in John 4:28–30. The woman believes in Jesus and then goes into her village to tell them of the great man she encountered. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that this woman is an example of what it looks like to follow Christ because when she leaves behind her sin, she is not content to rest until she has told others of her Savior. This woman realizes that the most important question to answer is: “Who is Christ?” It is not debating about religion and politics, but the identity of this man, Jesus Christ, that is most important. What is found in Jesus that cannot found elsewhere? In Jesus is the glory of God made manifest and dwelling among His people. He alone has true authority over all. The coming of Jesus is the most important thing to ever happen to this world because He is the Savior of all who believe upon His name. There should not be concern with anything else until the Christian knows that they are believing and trusting in Him as Savior.

Additional Scripture Translations

John 4:28-30, New American Standard Bible

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 4:28-30, King James Version

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.