A Right Judgement
A Sermon on John 7:19-24
Has not Moses given you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why do you seek to kill me?” The crowd answered, “You have a demon! Who is seeking to kill you?” Jesus answered them, “I did one work, and you all marvel at it. Moses gave you circumcision (not that it is from Moses, but from the fathers), and you circumcise a man on the Sabbath. If on the Sabbath a man receives circumcision, so that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me because on the Sabbath I made a man’s whole body well? Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” (ESV)
What is at the heart of unbelief? In John 7:19-24, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows us the Pharisees and other Jewish leaders constantly opposing Jesus. They claim He is a false teacher who breaks the Law of God by healing the sick and lame. Jesus’ response to these claims is to point out the Jewish leader’s utter hypocrisy. They claim to follow the Law, but they care more about their traditions than the sick and weak in society. They do not understand that the Law is about loving one’s neighbor, not legalism. Jesus is wholly the opposite of all the hypocrisy of false religion, for He tells us that true religion is about loving God and neighbor. It is not superficial law keeping. Dr. Lloyd-Jones tells us that the answer to all false religion and unbelief is true faith in Jesus. Jesus and His Kingdom are not simply about making the world a better place, but it is about eternal salvation and reconciliation with God. This sermon calls us all to see Jesus as who He is, the Savior of the world and the source of all true blessings in this life. Jesus calls us all to believe in His name for salvation.
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.