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The Acceptable Year of the Lord

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A Sermon on Luke 4:19

to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (ESV)

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What does it mean that man is blinded by sin? The Bible teaches that all men are fallen and subject to the bondage of sin and the devil. In this sermon from Luke 4:19, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones looks at the year of Jubilee in the Old Testament where every seven years slaves were set free and land was returned to its original owners. He shows that this looks forward to the day when all would be redeemed in Christ and set free from sin. Man, in sin is like those in bondage and awaiting the year of jubilee to set them free. It is Christ Jesus who is the ultimate fulfillment of this promise and it is by His death, burial, and resurrection that salvation comes to all who believe. This shows clearly that salvation is not brought about by man’s good works or even his initiative, but salvation is wholly something God has done for His people. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains, this is what it means for salvation to be a work of God’s grace apart from human merit. This is why it is a grave error to reduce Jesus Christ to nothing more than a moral example, because Jesus came to die for the sins of many, not simply to provide an example to follow. For Christianity is fundamentally about what God has done, is doing, and will do by His grace.

Additional Scripture Translations

Luke 4:19, New American Standard Bible

19To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

Luke 4:19, King James Version

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.