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Sermon #2110

A Man of Sorrows

A Sermon on Acts 8:28-36


Acts 8:28-36 ESV KJV
and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, …

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Sermon Description

What does the death of Jesus Christ have to do with today? Most people can accept Jesus as a teacher or example, but they don’t understand why He would suffer and die. In this sermon “A Man of Sorrows” on Acts 8:28–36, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones proclaims how the world is mystified by the man of sorrows prophesied in Isaiah 53. He is a paradox—almighty, yet ordinary; blameless, yet suffering. “Like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth” (Isaiah 53:7). This same passage confused the Ethiopian eunuch 2,000 years ago, right before the encounter he had with Philip the evangelist that led to his salvation. The answer is revealed in the same passage of Scripture: “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned — every one — to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6). Jesus Christ came into the world to bear the full force of the problem of human sin against a holy God. His entire life, from boyhood to the cross, was characterized by the anguish of facing and dealing with sin and death so that His people could be forgiven.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The passage being discussed is Acts 8:26-40 which details Philip's encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch.
  2. Philip explains the meaning of Isaiah 53 to the eunuch, showing how it points to Jesus.
  3. There is only one way to become a Christian - by believing the message of the Bible about Jesus.
  4. People misunderstand the meaning of Jesus's death. It was not just a tragedy or accident, but rather the action of God to provide salvation.
  5. God could not just forgive sins without the death of Jesus. Jesus had to become human and die to identify with us and be our representative.
  6. Jesus lived a life of sorrow because of the depth of human sin and evil. His ministry and miracles were difficult and came at a cost to Him.
  7. Jesus wept at Lazarus's tomb not just out of sympathy for Lazarus's sisters, but because of the evil of death itself.
  8. Jesus was troubled and wept over the evil of sin and because He knew He had to die to deal with it.
  9. Jesus's suffering and death on the cross was greater than any other, showing the depths of human sin. His cry of dereliction shows He was forsaken by God as He bore the punishment for sin.
  10. Jesus died quickly on the cross, his heart breaking under the weight of the world's sin. He endured the suffering of hell so we would not have to.
  11. We must understand what Jesus's death means for us - it is the only way to be reconciled to God and forgiven of sins. Our eternal future depends on it.

The Book of Acts

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.