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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)
Will your response to the Gospel be only for a season? In part 5 of his series on John 5:31-35, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones completes his exposition by exposing the wrong response to the truth of the Gospel. Focusing on the person and ministry of John the Baptist, we find a faulty belief in the Gospel and in Jesus. As one examines John’s ministry, initially a favorable response to the truth is found. Like the lights of the Christmas season, the light of the truth concerning Jesus brought great joy to the hearts of his people. What drove this response? To be certain, the man, the prophet and the message tickled their ears and fancied their curious nature. But, the favorable response to John’s light of truth only lasted for a season. The people marveled at him and his words as they longed for a Messiah to heal their worldly problems. But, his message, a preparation for the Gospel and Jesus, was a message of repentance. They must repent of sin, a repentance marked by the fruit of justice toward others. John’s message extinguished the light of their joy. Thus, The Doctor asks, “Will your favorable response to the Gospel, be only for a season?"