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A Sermon on Luke 1:46-55

Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat

And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” (ESV)

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Is Christmas really that important? Does the story of Christ's birth really matter? In this sermon by Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones, listeners are reminded of the true significance of Christmas. Christmas is not simply to warm our hearts, nor only to produce a cheerful attitude; Christmas is a time in which believers in Jesus Christ must magnify the Lord our God. Through an explanation of "The Magnificat" in Luke 1:46-55, Dr. Lloyd-Jones aids listeners with a rich and theologically profound explanation of Mary's song of praise upon learning she is pregnant with Jesus. One of the first points Dr. Lloyd-Jones emphasizes is Mary's heart in forgetting herself and praising the Lord. She is humbled and grateful that the Lord would choose her to bear the Savior of the world. She is able to praise God so thoroughly because her praise is based on understanding, not simply emotion. Since she is able to understand a portion of God's glory, her emotions correspond and she praises God. She praises God's power, without which not a soul on this earth would be saved. She praises His holiness, without which He would not be worthy of praise. She praises his mercy, without which everyone would be doomed. In God's precious mercy, he chose Mary to bear Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. Listen in as Dr. Lloyd-Jones helps us worship God better.


Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 1:46-55, New American Standard Bible

Mary’s Song: The Magnificat

46And Mary said:

“My soul exalts the Lord,

47And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

48For He has had regard for the humble state of His bond-servant;

For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.

49For the Mighty One has done great things for me;

And holy is His name.

50And His mercy is to generation after generation

Toward those who fear Him.

51He has done mighty deeds with His arm;

He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

52He has brought down rulers from their thrones,

And has exalted those who were humble.

53He has filled the hungry with good things,

And sent the rich away empty-handed.

54He has given help to His servant Israel,

In remembrance of His mercy,

55Just as He spoke to our fathers,

To Abraham and his descendants forever.”

Luke 1:46-55, King James Version

46And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 48For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.


About 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.