The Lord of Death
A Sermon on Romans 14:6-12
The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself, and none of us dies to himself. For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again, that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; for it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God.”
So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. (ESV)
The fear of death grips humanity. Humanity is Death’s servant. People in the West live each day suppressing the reality that death is imminent. How does the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ speak to this terror? In this sermon on Romans 14:6-12, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones expounds Paul’s teaching that Christ is the Lord over Death. Salvation, in other words, is not merely forgiveness of sins, but also deliverance from the last Enemy – Death! While the Christian experiences freedom from the condemnation of the Law through the cross and resurrection of Christ, they also experience victory over the Devil, who holds unregenerate humanity under the fear of death. Remarkably, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones, we are no longer servants of Death, but Death is actually the servant of the Christian! Death is an entrance to glory – to eternal life with God. Through the victory of the resurrection, all fear of death vanishes. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones encourages us with the wonderful truth of Christ’s Lordship over Death and the victory we share because of Him.
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.