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Sermon #5373

Bruised by Sin

A Sermon on Luke 4:18-19


Luke 4:18-19 ESV KJV
“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 …

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Sermon Description

What does it mean that a person is bruised by sin? In this sermon on Luke 4:18–19 titled “Bruised By Sin,” Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches on Jesus’s teaching that people are slaves and victims to sin. They are so blinded by their own deceitful hearts that they are unable to see the need for salvation and grace. They believe that they do not need a savior. All of humanity’s faculties, the 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. People are even victims of their own evil, according to Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, for a person 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 all from all this suffering and pain. He alone can save sinners. What does this message mean for humankind? It means that all 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 made righteous before God.

Sermon Breakdown

  1. The passage being discussed is Luke 4:18-19 which summarizes the gospel.
  2. Jesus read this passage in the synagogue at Nazareth and said "This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears."
  3. The passage shows how Jesus came to deal with sin and its effects.
  4. Sin manifests itself in many ways, so multiple pictures are needed to understand it fully. The Bible provides many pictures of sin.
  5. Two main ways we become "bruised" by sin:
  6. Sin itself bruises and crushes us. It "knocks us about" and leaves us battered.
  7. God punishes sin, and in punishing sin He bruises us. There is no peace for the wicked.
  8. Sin bruises us physically, mentally, and spiritually. It leads to suffering, pain, remorse, problems, and exhaustion.
  9. Sin paralyzes our best faculties. It bruises our mind, heart, and will, leaving us helpless. Our minds are darkened, hearts hardened, and wills paralyzed.
  10. Jesus came to set at liberty those bruised by sin. He came to heal our wounds, draw out the bruises, and restore us.
  11. Jesus bore the punishment for our sins. He was bruised for our iniquities. We will never again be bruised by God for our sins.
  12. The Holy Spirit draws out the bruises in us, restoring our life, power, and vigor. We are new creatures.
  13. We must resist the devil to avoid being bruised again. We have the whole armor of God to withstand him.
  14. We must realize we are bruised and come to Jesus for rest and healing. He will relieve our pain, heal our bruises, and lead us to victory.

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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.