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Bruised by Sin

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A Sermon on Luke 4:18-19

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (ESV)

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What does it mean that man is bruised by sin? In this sermon Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on Luke 4:18-19 and Jesus’ teaching that man is a slave and victim to sin. Man is so blinded by his own deceitful heart that he is unable to see his need for salvation and grace. He says that he does not need a savior. All of man’s faculties, his mind, will, and intellect are subject to sin. This is why Jesus proclaims that He has come to save the captives. Jesus is the deliverer of sinners who are captive to their own evil desires. Man is even a victim of his own evil, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, for man in sin is like those that are diseased and sick. They are wholly unable to heal themselves. But Jesus as the great healer can free man from all his suffering and pain. He alone can save sinners! What does this message mean for mankind? It means that all men can have hope despite their sin and depravity because Jesus has come and died for sinners. All who believe are set free from their sin and are made righteous before God.

Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 4:18-19, New American Standard Bible

18“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,

Because He anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.

He has sent Me to proclaim release to captives,

And recovery of sight to the blind,

To set free those who are oppressed,

19To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

Luke 4:18-19, King James Version

18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

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.