The Wonder of the Resurrection
A Sermon on Romans 8:34
34who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
34Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
What is in two words? In this sermon on Romans 8:34 titled “The Wonder of the Resurrection,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones focuses on the apostle Paul’s words “more than that” (or in the KJV “yea rather”). These words represent a summary of the central affirmation of the glory of the Christian position. They recall the triumph and victory of the Christian gospel itself. In this Easter message on the wonder of the resurrection, Dr. Lloyd-Jones preaches that to be a Christian is to be a person who has a sense of victory, joy, exhilaration, and assurance. What causes such rejoicing and assurance? It is the bodily resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Dr. Lloyd-Jones expounds the meaning and beauty of Paul’s words in Romans 8:34 and demonstrates what is proved and established by Christ’s resurrection. In the resurrection, Christ is proved to be the Lord. The resurrection proves Christ’s cross work was complete and He has power over all enemies. The resurrection of Christ establishes His ascension, intercession on the sinner’s behalf, and the guarantee that Christians too will rise bodily from the grave. Listen and be reminded of what God accomplished in the resurrection of the Lord and the glory of the Christian gospel.
- The words 'yea, rather' convey the essential Christian affirmation and hope. It expresses triumph and victory.
- The resurrection proves who Jesus is - the Son of God. Without the resurrection, there is no salvation.
- The resurrection demonstrates that Jesus' work on the cross was sufficient. His death alone would not give assurance, but his resurrection shows he conquered death.
- The resurrection shows Jesus has power over all enemies - the devil, the world, sin, death. His resurrection gives victory over the fear of death.
- The resurrection leads to Jesus' ascension and intercession. He intercedes for our well-being, not our forgiveness. He provides grace and strength.
- The resurrection guarantees our own resurrection. We will be raised in glory like Jesus. Our bodies will be redeemed.
- Nothing can separate us from God's love in Christ. All powers were set against Jesus but he rose, conquering them for us.
- We can triumph in Christ, lose the fear of death, and know we are destined for glory. We must forsake the world and live for Christ.
The Book of Romans
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.