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Sermon #5404

Taste and See

A Sermon on John 1:5-46


John 1:5-46 ESV 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

What does it mean to taste and see the fruit of new life? In this sermon on John 1:45–46 titled “Taste and See,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on what it means to know Christ and believe in His message. Many oppose Christianity because they say it asks people to abandon all reason and evidence and make a blind commitment. But this is all wrong, as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains, because Christianity is a faith based in what God has done in time and history. It is faith grounded in the real person of Jesus Christ who came and died for sinners. When humankind abandons their pride and comes before God, they find that Christianity is a religion about relationship with God. It is about the God who loves His sinful creatures enough to send His own Son to die for them. All are called to believe in Christ and to repent of their sins; this is the only way to salvation and peace with God. This sermon brings the greatest message: the message of Christ. It calls all to believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and to come to know the Creator and Lord.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Philip finds Nathaniel and tells him about Jesus of Nazareth, the one Moses and the prophets wrote about.
  2. Nathaniel doubts anything good can come out of Nazareth. Philip tells him to come and see.
  3. Jesus sees Nathaniel coming and says he is an Israelite without deceit. Nathaniel asks how Jesus knows him.
  4. Jesus says he saw Nathaniel under the fig tree before Philip called him.
  5. Nathaniel declares Jesus the Son of God and King of Israel.
  6. Jesus says Nathaniel will see greater things, like heaven open and angels ascending and descending on the Son of Man.
  7. The passage shows how the first disciples came to Jesus. Coming to Jesus is the most important thing.
  8. Christianity is about coming to a person, Jesus, not theories or philosophies. Jesus is a historical figure, the Son of Joseph from Nazareth, who fulfills prophecy.
  9. Nathaniel desired salvation and was waiting for the Messiah. No one becomes a Christian without wanting it. Some realize their need quickly, some over time. The time doesn’t matter, but you must seek the truth.
  10. Nathaniel was without deceit, serious and coming to find the Messiah, not just argue. You must be seeking truth to find it.
  11. Philip says “come and see” instead of arguing. You must come to Jesus to know him. You can’t know from a distance.
  12. Coming to Jesus is not intellectual suicide. The gospel is based on facts and invites you to a historical person. It presents a rational, moral view of life.
  13. We can’t fully understand God and spiritual truths with human reason. At some point, we must humble ourselves and trust in God.
  14. The testimony of Christians for 2,000 years shows coming to Jesus is not irrational. Great thinkers have done so.
  15. When you come to Jesus, you find he knows you personally and cares for you. He sees you as an individual, not just part of a crowd.
  16. Jesus knew all about Nathaniel, even seeing him under the fig tree. Jesus knows every detail about us. We can’t hide from him.
  17. Jesus knows our circumstances, thoughts, sins, hopes, fears, failures, and longings. But he also has compassion.
  18. Jesus praised Nathaniel as an Israelite without deceit. He will welcome us no matter our sins if we come to him.
  19. Seeing Jesus’ knowledge, compassion, and welcome, we can only conclude like Nathaniel that he is the Son of God and King.

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.