Sent From 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)
Are you saved from the guilt of your sin? As Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones exposits John 5:31-35, his message drips with the life-giving dew of the Gospel. After setting the text in the context of Jesus’ healing and declaring his divinity, he now turns to the message of the gospel and the witness to that message. Why does man need salvation? All men from birth from the beginning of time are born into sin. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. None are righteous, not even one. All who are in sin are under the judgment of God. However, there was One sent from God, the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Why was he sent? He was sent to save. He bore the penalty of sin on the cross as a substitute for sinners. He made a sacrifice for sin that if one applies to his or her life by belief and faith, he shall not perish but have everlasting life. This was Jesus’ message of the Gospel. But, was it true? Jesus says that it is because he testifies to it and God sent another to witness and testify that Jesus’ message was true, the great prophet John the Baptist.