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Sermon #5403

Face to Face with Christ

A Sermon on John 1:5-46

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John 1:5-46 ESV NASB KJV
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear …

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Sermon Description

Many believe Christianity is merely another political viewpoint or just another lifestyle option. In this sermon on John 1:5–46 titled “Face to Face with Christ,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones states that this is a complete misunderstanding of christianity. While there are many moral philosophies that seek to make the world a better place through education and political lobbying organizations, these fail to bring true change to the human heart. The heart of Christianity is Jesus Christ who was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, and died a sinner’s death on the cross, later to be raised from the grave. All this was foretold in the law of Moses and the prophets. When Jesus came, those who knew the Scriptures recognized Him as the long-awaited Messiah who would deliver Israel and bring about the kingdom of God. Those who reject God and Jesus Christ do not do so because they are rational and unbiased, for there is evidence of the identity of Christ in Scripture. They do so because they are sinners blinded by darkness. It is only by the grace of God that this blindness can be dispelled.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The purpose of preaching and the church is to present Jesus Christ to people, just as Philip presented Jesus to Nathanael.
  2. Many people have a false view of Christianity. Some see it as just a philosophy or teaching. Others see it as just living a moral life. Others see it as just an experience.
  3. The essence of Christianity is coming face to face with the person of Jesus Christ.
  4. We must go back to the Scriptures to understand who Jesus really is. The Old Testament points to Jesus as the Messiah.
  5. Moses spoke of Jesus as the prophet God would raise up, the seed of the woman who would crush the serpent, the seed of Abraham through whom all nations would be blessed, the sacrifices that point to Jesus as the Lamb of God, etc.
  6. The prophets also spoke of Jesus' virgin birth, birth in Bethlehem, triumphal entry, suffering and death, etc.
  7. John the Baptist summed it up by calling Jesus the "Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world."
  8. Nathanael had a hard time accepting Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah since Nazareth is not mentioned in the prophecies. But he was willing to "come and see."
  9. Jesus saw Nathanael as an "Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit." He was a sincere seeker of truth.
  10. We must seek Jesus sincerely and without guile, willing to face difficulties and come to Him as we are.
  11. Coming to Jesus means reading the Gospels, listening to His teaching, praying for revelation, and yielding to Him.
  12. If we come to Jesus sincerely, we will confess Him as the Son of God, as Nathanael did.
  13. Jesus came to die on the cross as the Lamb of God to take away our sins. He alone can forgive sins, give new life, and open the way to eternity.
  14. The question for each person is: Have you come face to face with Jesus Christ? Have you considered Him? Come and see!

The Book of John

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.