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A Sermon on Luke 1:76-79

And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his ways,
to give knowledge of salvation to his people
in the forgiveness of their sins,
because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (ESV)

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If you begin the Christmas season by acknowledging the world is in darkness without Christ, and admit to the reality that deep down inside there is fear from dangers such as death, illness, pain, and war, then you can truly understand the praise when we celebrate the coming of the Son of God. The father of John the Baptist, Zacharias, understood the condition of the world and so he understood the significance of his son’s ministry in preparing the way for the Messiah. John the Baptist’s ministry brought a word concerning the world’s real need, says Dr. Lloyd-Jones. John’s message of salvation to the Jews was one that challenged the leading conceptions of how and what God was delivering His people from. Man’s sin and his rebellion against God is the problem. Christmas, says Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, is not about a principle but a person who brings peace – peace with God, peace with self, and peace with others. Listen as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains why Jesus Christ is the light of God in a dark and restless world in this sermon on Luke 1:76-79.


Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 1:76-79, New American Standard Bible

76And you, child, also will be called the prophet of the Most High;

For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;

77To give His people the knowledge of salvation

By the forgiveness of their sins,

78Because of the tender mercy of our God,

With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,

79To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,

To guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1:76-79, King James Version

76And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 78Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, 79To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.


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.