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Unbelief and Modern Man


A Sermon on Luke 4:22

And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” (ESV)

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Why do men and women today reject Jesus? In this message from Luke 4:22, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains modern man rejects the Gospel for the same reason that the Jewish people of Jesus’ day rejected him, Jesus is not who they want Him to be. Jesus is not a mere moral teacher dedicated to giving them a better life. He is the Son of God that has come into to the world to take away its sin and destroy evil. Man, in his prejudice, rejects the idea that he could need a Savior because mankind naturally hates the idea that he is a vile sinner in need of divine grace. So, man uses his so-called reason as an excuse to reject the Gospel. What then does this sermon mean for each and every one of us? This sermon tells us that bad news that man is in sin and in denial of his situation, and it tells man that he is lost and on a path to eternal destruction. But more importantly, it tells us that Jesus died for sinners. Jesus alone can overcome man’s hatred and prejudice; Jesus alone can make fallen sinners children of God. This sermon contains the only message of true and lasting hope: the message of the Gospel.

Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 4:22, New American Standard Bible

22And all the people were speaking well of Him, and admiring the gracious words which were coming from His lips; and yet they were saying, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

Luke 4:22, King James Version

22And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?

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.