Come Unto Me
A Sermon on John 5:40
yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. (ESV)
What does it mean to “come to Jesus?” Continuing his exposition of John 5:40, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones now considers the command of Jesus, “Come unto Me.” This wonderful and compassionate command of Jesus comes in the context of the healing at Bethesda. Jesus has powerfully healed an invalid who has been in that condition for nearly four decades. This powerful healing gave Jesus the opportunity to declare his true identity as the Son of God, fully divine, fully equal with the Father. Having validated these claims by confronting the Jews with the testimony of multiple witnesses, Jesus now turns to the application of the entire scene. What is the application? They, along with all sinners, are to come to him. The Son of God, the Sovereign Creator of all things, who is equal with the Father, has come into the world to invite sinners to come to Him. But what does this phrase mean? At its core, the command is an invitation to believe in Jesus. But what does it mean to believe? Is belief mere mental assent? Is belief striving to live a moral life? In this message, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones confronts sinners with this powerful invitation to come, but he does more. As he offers this wonderful invitation, he defines what it truly means to come to Jesus, what it truly means to believe.