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A Sermon on Luke 1:51-53

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. (ESV)

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How does Jesus shatter our thinking of what it means to be great? In this sermon on Luke 1:51-53, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at Mary’s song of praise and what it tells us about Jesus. Worldly people look to what is outwardly strong and impressive. They look to what is grand and dignified. Yet the Bible tells us that God uses the weak, and the seemingly unimpressive things, to shame the wisdom of the world. There is no better example of this than Jesus Christ. He was born as a baby to a family of no reputation in the land of Judea. But it is this Jesus who is the Savior of the world and the redeemer of mankind. He did this by dying a humiliating death upon the cross of Calvary and rising from the grave three days later. This is a message of salvation, not to those who are prideful and arrogant, but to those that know they are weak and poor of spirit. It is a message for the outcast and the despised. This Gospel asks the question of everyone, do you believe in Jesus? Or do you trust in yourself for your own salvation?

Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 1:51-53, New American Standard Bible

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.

Luke 1:51-53, King James Version

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.

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.