25“Righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me;
25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.
Why was the baby Jesus born in the manger? In this sermon on John 17:25 titled “Not of This World,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones teaches that it was for nothing less than the redemption of the whole world. Jesus came into the world to live the perfect life and die upon the cross as the only way of salvation. This is opposed to those who claim that Christianity is concerned with merely moral reform. Christ did not come just to set an example for how to live, but He died so that people could have true life. This means that salvation is not about morality, nor is it about one’s own works, but salvation comes through Christ and what He has done. The world does not know this and many live their lives seeking their own pleasure and justification. But the death of Christ is nothing other than God dying in humanity’s stead for their redemption. As a result, all should turn away from themselves and the world by looking to Christ and His work. This message of Jesus is the only hope for salvation.
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.