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Sermon #5448

Son of God; Saviour

A Sermon on John 7:8-13

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John 7:8-13 ESV NASB KJV
You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” After saying this, he remained in Galilee. But after his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly but in private. The …

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Sermon Description

In this sermon on John 7:8–13 titled “Son of God, Saviour,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones grapples with the nature and condition of unbelief in the world but first encourages looking closely at the Savior Himself. Dr. Lloyd-Jones focuses on Scripture’s teaching concerning Christ’s loneliness, isolation, humility, wisdom, and the purpose for His suffering. In so doing, it is all the more perplexing that the world rejects such a blessed person. How could it be that the world rejects such a Savior? How could it be that the religious authorities, experts, kings, and common people all rejected the Son of God? What does this say about the human condition? What is the answer to such spiritual blindness? Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explores this important topic of the world’s rejection of Son of God, savior of the world.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon begins by introducing the topic of unbelief and how it is portrayed in John 7:8-13. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says these verses show unbelief in a dramatic and striking form, especially in how Jesus' own brothers react to him.

  2. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the Gospels were written to show us Jesus and how people reacted to him. They show the "tragedy" of how Jesus came to his own but his own did not receive him.

  3. Dr. Lloyd-Jones focuses on Jesus' loneliness and isolation in verses 8-10. Jesus knew he was the Son of God and the Messiah, which set him apart. He was also misunderstood, unable to fully share his mission with others. He had no place to call home.

  4. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says Jesus showed wisdom in how he avoided confrontation and danger. He did not go openly to the feast but secretly. He did not rush into trouble.

  5. Dr. Lloyd-Jones highlights Jesus' humility. He did not seek popularity or notoriety. He obeyed the Law and went to the feast even though he was above the Law. He submitted to the will of the Father.

  6. Dr. Lloyd-Jones notes Jesus' quiet confidence in his mission. He knew the plan of God and did things in God's timing. There was no hurry or excitement.

  7. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says Jesus had knowledge of human nature. He knew how people would react to him, which is why he did not go openly to the feast.

  8. Dr. Lloyd-Jones transitions to discussing people's reactions to Jesus in verses 11-13. The Jews, meaning the religious leaders, reacted with contempt and saw Jesus as a nuisance. They dismissed him as "that fellow."

  9. The common people reacted by muttering and arguing about Jesus. Some said he was a good man, maybe a political reformer. Others said he deceived the people. But they were all wrong.

  10. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the only right reaction is to worship Jesus as the Son of God and savior. Mere opinions about him are useless. Interest in arguing about him shows blindness.

  11. Dr. Lloyd-Jones asks why people reacted this way to Jesus, who did no harm. The only explanation is spiritual blindness and sin. People cannot respond properly to God and holy things in their natural state.

  12. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says the only solution for such blindness is being born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. No one becomes a Christian by nature or choice alone. God must open blind eyes.

  13. Dr. Lloyd-Jones challenges the listeners to examine if they truly know Jesus as the Son of God and savior. If not, they remain in blindness and sin. They must cry out to God for mercy and new life.

  14. Dr. Lloyd-Jones says it is not enough to think Jesus was a good man. One must see him as the Son of God who came to die for sins and be raised again. One must love him for his sacrifice and endurance.

  15. Dr. Lloyd-Jones again pleads for listeners to examine themselves and cry out to God if they do not know Jesus. God will open their eyes if they ask for mercy and life.

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.