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Sermon #5276

A Life in Christ

A Sermon on Isaiah 40:11


Isaiah 40:11 ESV KJV
He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. (ESV)

Sermon Description

Who is the promised Messiah spoken of in the Old Testament? In this sermon on Isaiah 40:11 titled “A Life in Christ,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones shows that it is Jesus Christ. He is the faithful Shepherd who loves His sheep and lays down His life for them so that they might have eternal life in Him. For by knowing Christ, all can be saved and brought to a true knowledge of God. This message of the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Jesus are the center of all of Scripture. The prophets and the law looked forward to His coming, and the New Testament is inaugurates the new covenant when the wages of sin were paid by the blood of Jesus Christ. Those who repent of their sins and believe in His name are His true sheep. They will hear His voice and seek after Him. They live as new creations who are continually being drawn closer to Christ Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit. Not only are Christians eternally saved, but they are also cared for constantly by their Creator. This is the great hope in life’s darkest and most trying times. Jesus Christ is the faithful Shepherd.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. To be a Christian means to be in a special relationship with Jesus Christ.
  2. Christians belong to Christ. They are his sheep.
  3. This relationship is made possible by Christ giving his life for us. He bought us and purchased us.
  4. On our side, Christians recognize Christ's voice and follow him. They know the truth about him.
  5. Christ provides for those in this relationship. He gives us life, food, sustenance, care, gentleness, and protection.
  6. Christ gives us new, spiritual, miraculous life that we can't understand. We just have to receive it.
  7. The Bible provides intellectual food and guidance for how to live. Christ provides fellowship, joy, peace, and meets all our needs.
  8. Christ cares for the young and weak. He knows our ignorance and weakness and bears with us. We can trust in his faithfulness.
  9. Christ is gentle with the weak and burdened. He doesn't condemn or hurt them.
  10. Christ protects us, gives us security, guides us, never leaves us, meets all our needs, and will present us perfect before God.
  11. The test of hearing Christ's voice is following him, turning from the world, and giving ourselves to him.

Old Testament

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.