What of Miracles?
A Sermon on John 5:36
But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. (ESV)
Who was Jesus of Nazareth? This question, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is the central question of Christianity. The answer to this question becomes the filter for all other questions that surround Jesus. One such question is: “What do we make of his miracles?” As Dr. Lloyd-Jones continues his series in John 5:36, he is now in the midst of the testimonies concerning Jesus. Yes, according to the Old Testament, Jesus’ testimony alone was not enough to verify his claims to his identity. Knowing this, Jesus offers multiple testimonies to his identity as being fully God, the Son of God. One such testimony is that of his works. What does Jesus refer to by claiming that his works testify of him? Certainly the entire corpus of his work is in view, but in the context of John 5 and the healing he performed at the Pool of Bethesda, the works that he refers to were his miracles. When John the Baptist questioned Jesus’ identity, Jesus answered him by pointing to his miracles. The miracles testify of his divine nature. But, his miracles have been and continue to be a stumbling block to belief in him. Do you believe in his miracles and have they pointed you to belief in the Savior?
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.