Blinded by Sin
A Sermon on John 5:43
I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. (ESV)
Sin blinds the unbeliever from believing in Jesus. The theological depth of John 5 is quite rich. Here, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, continues his exposition of this great chapter that is nestled in the context of divine healing and divine declarations made by Jesus. However, the Jews have outright dismissed Jesus’ claims, refuse to receive him as Lord and Savior, and ultimately begin plotting to kill him. In their rejection, Jesus condemns them, saying they praise men for earthly glory and have no love of God in them. Now, John 5:43, Dr. Lloyd-Jones unfolds Jesus’ next condemning truth: they are blinded by sin. Jesus tells them that they will receive a man who arrogantly comes in his own name, but refuse to receive him who comes in the name of the Father! Why? The Jews, along with all unbelievers, are blinded by sin. Sin blinds the unbelieving, causing him to lose rationality and become a fool. Sin blinds and also depraves morality. Unbelievers lose all sense of proper judgment because sin clouds judgment and restricts it to prejudice, subjectivity, and arrogance. Like the physically blind who cannot see their path, sin blinds unbelievers to any moral judgment. Dangerously, sin blinds one to receive Jesus, repenting of sin and trusting him by faith to be forgiven and avoid the horrors of hell. How can one be saved from this blindness? In this sermon, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones examines the disease of sin and how one can be cured.