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Sermon #5396

One Mediator

A Sermon on Luke 19:41-44


Luke 19:41-44 ESV KJV
And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set …

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Sermon Description

What is the greatest tragedy in this world? In this sermon on Luke 19:41–44 titled “One Mediator,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that it is the fact that the world is blinded and unable to believe in the gospel. This unbelief is seen all throughout the ministry of Jesus, but particularly in His final days. The same people that greet Him at His triumphal entry are the same ones who later that same week cry for Him to be crucified. These men and women heard the message of Jesus and they knew that He claimed to be the Messiah, yet in their unbelief they rejected Him. It is a sinful and corrupt heart that leads people to reject the gospel. Jesus knew this was true when He wept over the great city of Jerusalem, knowing that these people would reject Him and be judged by God in the destruction of the temple. Christians of today and all times must remember that the gospel is based on the fact of Jesus’s life, death, and resurrection. It is not just another religious theory, but it is the very word of God. It is only through this message of salvation that anyone has true peace and knowledge of God and His love.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. Jesus wept over Jerusalem because of their rejection of him despite his love for them.
  2. The tragedy of Jerusalem was that they did not realize who Jesus was - the Messiah and Son of God. They were blind to the truth.
  3. The essence of sin is blindness and ignorance. We fail to realize the truth.
  4. Jesus came to bring peace - peace with God and peace within ourselves. But Jerusalem rejected this.
  5. If we reject Christ, there will be judgment. Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 as judgment for rejecting the Messiah.
  6. We must realize who Jesus is and why he came - to reconcile us to God and give us peace. If we fail to realize this, we will face eternal punishment.

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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.