Behold the Lamb of God
A Sermon on John 5:31-35
If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. (ESV)
Repentance is the door to salvation. In part 1 of his message on John 5:31-35, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones delivers a Gospel saturated message, a Gospel provided by the Lamb of God. Now, in part 2, he begins to consider the witnesses to Jesus' message and ministry. The truthfulness of Jesus message cannot be established on its own. God’s law requires two or more witnesses. Jesus knows this and ensures that his message has corroborating testimony. Who is the initial witness to Jesus? The forerunner, John the Baptist testified of Jesus. John testified of Jesus, both his message and ministry and his testimony was true. But more importantly, what was the content of John’s testimony? The Doctor reveals that yes, John’s testimony was needed and important to validate the Lord. More importantly, John’s message was preparatory for the people. The King was coming. The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world was on the scene. How must he be received? The people must receive him and his message through hearts prepared in repentance of sin. Repentance was the door that led to salvation, a salvation that would be purchased by the Lamb of God.