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Sermon #5093

Christmas and Modern Man

A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:20


1 Corinthians 1:20 ESV KJV
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? (ESV)

Sermon Description

Christmas is always a wonderful time of the year. People seem to be on their best behavior, full of cheer, and often become religious during this time. But what is the meaning behind Christmas? In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 1:20 titled “Christmas and the Modern Man,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches that the true meaning of Christmas is something that seems offensive, and even foolish, to the natural person. Today’s culture has missed the reason why God sent His Son to Earth in the first place; that is, to reconcile humanity back to Himself. This is the part of the gospel message that is offensive; the Christmas story makes one realize that they are helpless enough that they need a baby to come save them. Christmas is truly a miraculous story. A virgin gives birth to a boy who will save humanity from their sins. This message sounds like foolishness, yet this is the message that all must come to grips with and in hope believe that Jesus was the promised King who will redeem humanity. Some think that He was only a good teacher with good philosophy. This sermon will show that God cannot be made known through religious efforts and earthly wisdom, but only by believing in what the world considers to be foolish.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The sermon opens by posing the question of why the whole world does not turn to and believe in Jesus Christ. The Bible says it is because of the devil.
  2. The devil opposes God and His kingdom in two main ways: through open persecution and through subtle deception by adopting and corrupting the Christian message. The world celebrates Christmas but misses its true meaning.
  3. The real message of Christmas is a challenge and humbling of the world. It displays the glory and triumph of God.
  4. The Christmas message is an announcement of what God has done - He sent His Son. This is a supernatural, miraculous event that does not fit with human wisdom or understanding.
  5. The world does not understand the Christmas message. To the Jews it is a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness. The natural man cannot receive spiritual truths.
  6. The Christmas message makes the wisdom of the world look foolish. It exposes the failure of human wisdom to know God. The world rejected the wisdom of God displayed in Christ.
  7. The way God accomplished His work through Christ was contrary to human expectations. Christ came in weakness and humility, not power and glory. This shows the foolishness of human wisdom.
  8. In Christ, God succeeded where human wisdom failed. We can know God, find righteousness, sanctification, and redemption in Christ. Christ provides what philosophy cannot.
  9. God's way is one that works for all people, no matter how foolish or weak. It is not limited to the wise and strong like human wisdom.
  10. We must choose between trusting in human wisdom or the wisdom of God displayed in Christ. Only God's wisdom can save. We must become fools to become truly wise.

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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.