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Sermon #1002

The Results of His Coming

A Sermon on John 1:10-12


John 1:10-12 ESV KJV
He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become …

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Sermon Description

When the Word became flesh, Jesus Christ became incarnate man and this reality has both temporary and permanent ramifications. In this sermon on John 1:10-12, Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims the incredible reality that Jesus lived among His creation for a time and, as the apostle John says, He lived with humanity. According to Dr. Lloyd-Jones, life on earth is a temporary season that will give way to a permanent home in Heaven. This is a lasting comfort and fills God’s people with vigor for the truth. The permanent result is that Jesus took on human nature and can readily identify with all the experiences and challenges of daily life (short of sin). This made Him that much more able to empathize with the infirmities and temptations of human nature, and solidified his role as the great high priest. This, Lloyd-Jones concludes, also ought to be of great comfort to the believer.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Jesus came into this world and lived a temporary, tent-like existence. He shared in all the experiences of humanity.
  2. Jesus was always aware that his time on earth was temporary. He refers to "his hour" and "his time." He came to do the work the Father gave him and then return to heaven.
  3. Our lives on earth are also temporary and tent-like. We are strangers, pilgrims, and sojourners.
  4. We should view our temporary lives on earth with joy, not depression. We have an eternal home in heaven.
  5. Jesus' incarnation resulted in permanent changes. He added a human nature to his divine nature.
  6. Jesus rose from the dead and ascended into heaven as the God-man. He did not leave his human nature behind.
  7. Jesus as the God-man is our high priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses. He experienced human life and its trials.
  8. Jesus is still the God-man in heaven. He is still Jesus, the Son of God. He has not changed.
  9. The God-man, Jesus, is able to comfort us in our trials because he has experienced human suffering. He says, "Fear not."
  10. Jesus, as the God-man, is worthy to open the book of history and loose its seven seals.
  11. The hymn says Jesus "still retains a fellow feeling of our pains." He remembers his life on earth and has compassion on us.
  12. We can come boldly before the throne of grace because Jesus, as the God-man, is our high priest.

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.