Monday, April 12, 2021

Freedom In Christ

 


This message was preached at Word Of Grace Church on April 4th 2021 by Colin D via zoom. For the audio please click here.  To listen to the worship please click here.

FREEDOM IN CHRIST

Gal 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Romans 6:3-11

INTRODUCTION

This letter is written by the Apostle Paul. Paul establishes and reminds the Galatians that he is an Apostle not chosen by man but by Jesus himself. (Gal1:1)

Unlike his other epistles where after the regular salutations, he would remind them of their salvation, calling etc and then get to why he is writing his letter; we find that here in the third sentence itself he tells them the reason for his letter. He is shocked that they have turned away from grace.

 The law came through Moses but Grace through Jesus (John1:17). The Law was put in charge to led us to Christ (Gal3:24)

He reminds them that they are all sons of God through Christ Jesus and not the law. Therefore, ALL are in Jesus – Jew, Greek, Salve and free. (Gal3:28) We are the new vine that has been grafted into Jesus and now because the Holy Spirit dwells in us we can cry Abba Father (Gal4:6-7)

Ch5:1 – JESUS has set us free.

WHAT IS FREEDOM

 Freedom is the ability to make choices using the freewill God has given us. When we were slaves to sin in a way we could not really choose. We could not help ourselves from sinful thoughts and actions.

Jesus came to set us free. True freedom is found in the Cross. This is why Jesus’ resurrection is so pivotal to our faith. Your old nature was crucified on the cross along with Jesus. You are made alive and new in Jesus. Your old self is not raised to life. You are Born again – a new creation.

However, there are behaviours, sin habits and lifestyles, thought patterns that we need to work on. This process is called sanctification. Our behaviour is influenced by how we think. How we think is influenced by what we believe.

I’d like to pause and ask a question. What are your core beliefs?

HOW ARE WE SET FREE?

 When we say Jesus came to set us free it implies, we were not free before that. We were all therefore under bondage or slavery. To what?

Christ came to set us free from the law: living by rules and regulations which we call a legalistic lifestyle.

We were all slaves to sin. God made a perfect world with Adam and Eve as objects of His love. In that perfect world, there was perfect freedom.

Was there absolute freedom in the Garden? YES. From God’s perspective, YES. The world and the devil would like to tell us otherwise and therein lies the problem. This is what the devil tempted the first couple with – to believe that they were not truly free as long as they obeyed God and lived within the safe boundaries, He gave them.

Adam and Eve fell for this trap and instead of experiencing freedom, they fell into bondage.

True freedom is not without boundaries. Those boundaries keep us from pain, and sadness and misery. When we live by God’s will we are absolutely free.

The cross sets us free from the penalty and the power of sin.

What are we set free from? Old sinful habits, un renewed thought patterns, old identity and the requirement to live under the law.

Many believe that a magic wand is waved over our heads when we are saved and that is why they get disillusioned or do not know how to handle life’s challenges, personal weaknesses etc.

What we know by faith we have to act upon. Our old nature has been crucified on the cross. We still need to deal with the sin habits. We call this the renewing of our minds. We have to unlearn old ways of thinking and replace them with new belief systems.

On the other hand, there are some who do try to live by a whole set of rules – dos and don’ts that are not found in scripture but based on culture and human tradition.

The more dangerous deception is when we use scripture to stay in bondage.

Renewing involves removing and replacing. We have to get rid of old beliefs and thought patterns and replace them with new ones.

What do we replace them with? We replace them with the truth. What is Truth? Truth is the infallible WORD OF GOD.  

We read our bibles day in and out yet we do not experience freedom. Why? This knowing is not head knowledge. It's not information. Information that challenges us to change our beliefs and thoughts will lead to transformation. This kind of knowing will set us free.

We need His empowering enabling Grace in our lives that comes by being immersed in the Holy Spirit. Only then can we produce fruit of the Holy Spirit that will last. This new life is not about behaviour modification but heart transformation.

Change your beliefs and your behaviour with automatically change e.g.) Covid has changed how we do life because we believe it can kill us.

 

BELIEF ABOUT GOD

Do you believe God not just loves you with agape love but He likes you and the way HE made you?. He did not die to give you worth. He has accepted and approved of you from eternity.

But because of our world systems that are controlled by Satan its foundations are in the orphan way of thinking which is this system of performance-based acceptance. And we transfer this to our heavenly Father, the result is legalism. “Legalism is an attitude. It’s a system of thinking in which an individual attempt to gain God’s love and acceptance through good works or service.” Charles Stanley

 

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THOUGHTS PATTERNS I NEED TO BE SET FREE FROM?

What I have seen in all our years as Christ-followers and in the ministry is that the battle for freedom from wrong beliefs which lead to wrong behaviour is one of the biggest battles, we Christian’s face. This affects our personal holiness, how we view God and relate to Him and how it affects us on a day-to-day basis is in how we relate with others.

 

Let us look at only 3 patterns today (Idols of the heart that become strongholds of thinking):

LOOK GOOD – This is all about outward appearances. This is marked by insecurity and you hide who you really are. You live life pretending to be someone else.  It’s bondage. This happens when we do not live out of our identity in Christ. We look for other people and things to prop up our good looks.

 So, you lie, cheat, deceive and create false impressions.

Here we will want people’s approval. The person will perform to gain approval and attention. A test is how you react when people do not appreciate you or you get overlooked. Will you continue to serve with the same faithfulness and fervour?

People-pleasing behaviour patterns are developed to feed this need. You find it difficult to say “NO” because you want the maintain the image of the ‘nice guy.

It will mask itself in good works.

Because I want to feel good about myself, I indulge in comparison and unhealthy competition.

 They are jealous of others blessings and success. Because they can have a superiority complex, they can be critical, judgemental, and gossip.

Inwardly some can suffer from an inferiority complex where they don’t feel good enough about themselves and often feel guilty for not measuring up to their own standards.

They will manipulate people and situations for their personal gain and advantage.

They are opportunity-driven and not value-driven.

They fear failure. They have personal agendas well masked.

Life in God is about being authentic and real. It is about living from the Father’s approval and knowing that you are already loved and accepted.

 

FEEL GOOD

We live in a very sensuous world. Everything is about making you feel good and this has led to lifestyle choices that are harmful.

You can’t always feel good. God has given us a lot of emotions. God feels angry, grieved, jealous, sad, happy, joyful etc. Emotions tell us what is going on inside of us and what and how we need to respond.

So, while we are NOT ruled by our emotions, they are markers about how we are experiencing the world around us.

Our feelings are a response to our thoughts which are dictated by our beliefs. If we believe that all negative emotions are from the devil or an indication that we do not have faith; the result will be that I deny those emotions and live with unreality.

We do not deny facts. We also declare the truth. E.g.) I am sad that my daughter is unwell (FACT) but I know God can and will heal her (TRUTH). I am sad I lost my job (FACT) but I know God is my provider (TRUTH)

They don’t like to move out of their comfort zone. They do not want their life challenged. Comfort is an idol and they will cloak it in spiritual language of grace and God’s will.

The need to feel good can also result in self-medicating addictive behaviours that give you that constant “high”. For some it is religion.

A test would be: how do you react when sad things happen in your life? Are you able to acknowledge the pain and still confess the truth found in God’s word? Look at the psalms – they are full of raw admission of reality and confessions of faith. Even Jesus said He was greatly distressed. Did He not trust in God? Of course, HE did.

BE RIGHT

This behaviour is fuelled by the belief that I need to be perfect. Perfectionism drives what I do and how I relate with people. Therefore, because I expect people to be perfect, when I fail, I think that now “people will reject me, are think I am a let-down, a disappointment, a waste of time “etc.

So, we need to be right at any cost. This leads to lying, cover-up, deceitful behaviour, rationalizing our faults, blaming others, inability to take responsibility for our behaviour.

These people find it difficult to share weaknesses, be vulnerable or authentic. Apologizing and owing up is the hardest thing for them to do

They are unable to show grace to others. These people forget that they too are flawed and full of weakness.

To be right they will exercise control though driving the narrative of what is going on in their life. They create a reality that suits them.

A test would be how quick are you to admit your fault? How quick are you to repent and seek forgiveness? Or do you find yourself arguing, explaining, rationalizing, blaming others for what you need to take responsibility for? Are you able to overlook other people’s weakness and give grace? Remember 70 times 7.

ALL of us have elements of all 3 of these wrong belief systems. But as we renew our minds, we will get healthier and learn to walk in true freedom.

WHAT IS MY RESPONSE?

“Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

While Paul was talking about legalism and going back to Old covenant rules of circumcision etc. There is a principle here that applies to anything belief or behaviour that is not in line with the freedom Christ has won for us.

How do I respond? I respond by changing my beliefs.

LOOK GOOD

Know that God approves of you and gives you unconditional worth. He delights over you. He does not think badly about you when you fail. I am already declared righteous and I have nothing to prove to anyone.

FEEL GOOD   

Know that God will not leave you alone. He is always with you in your highs and lows. He does not reject us when we are having a bad day. He is close to the brokenhearted. He knows all your thoughts even before you can speak of them. You are fully accepted and eternally loved.

We transform our beliefs by taking thoughts captive and subjecting them to the Truth found in the Word of God and make them obedient to that truth but meditating on it and replace our convictions/beliefs.

This will release me from wanting to create an impression that everything is always honky dory and fine. I will have an accurate assessment of where I am right now and how I am feeling.

 

BE RIGHT

Know that God loves and accepts me despite my weakness, sins and failings. He does not punish me as my sins deserve but His grace comes rushing in when I acknowledge my wrongdoings and repent. He is for me and not against me. He loves me completely and will never reject me.

 It was for freedom Christ set you free. And it starts with your beliefs which affect how you think, which affects your feelings and your behaviour.


   Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit-filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that has people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.  Word of Grace is a part of a wider international family of Churches called RegionsBeyond.To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org. 

 

 

 

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Peace, Purpose And Power Through The Cross

 

This message was preached at Word Of Grace Church on April 4th 2021 by Colin D via zoom. For the audio please click here.  To listen to the worship please click here.

John 19:

On Friday, we looked at the sufferings of Jesus. When we watch a movie, if the good guy gets beaten up, I get angry. On Good Friday, the most innocent person was beaten, spat upon, whipped. He suffered an excruciating death.

Jesus suffered physical agony, emotional trauma and spiritual separation from the Father

Was Jesus a victim? No, he was the Victor!

John 10:8 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.

When we look at the crucifixion, all the players were part of the Cross's plan. He said, "It is finished!" Not I am finished. He was in control of His life. He gave up his spirit. Jesus needed to suffer for you and me. Why? For the joy set before him.

 John 19:38-

Jesus is taken down from the Cross in a hurry and placed in the tomb. There was no time to embalm him.

Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene goes to the tomb.

What is resurrection – Jesus was raised to life again in a new body, never to die again. Jesus raised many to life, but it was not a resurrection. They all died at some point.

The greatest enemy of man, death, was conquered that day.

Look at the devotion of Mary Magdalene.  While it was still dark, just at sunrise, she went to the tomb because she wanted to embalm her body. Her devotion was rewarded. She saw two angels in the tomb who gives her the good news, and as she comes out, she meets Jesus Himself, and He talks to her.

 

Matt 28:2

The stone over the tomb was huge. The angle was sitting on it. Imagine how big the angle was. The guards fell as though dead.

Do you know who was expecting a resurrection? The Chief priests and Elders

Matt 27:62 - They secured the tomb.

1Cor 15 – the resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith. So believing in this is very important.

 

3 THINGS ABOUT THE RESURRECTION

John 20: Go to the other disciples and tell Peter. Imagine Jesus singles him out. What amazing grace, forgiveness and love?

V19-  the disciples were in, the doors were locked, and they were fearful of the Jews

Jesus comes through the walls, and he shows his side and hands. And Jesus says peace be with you.

Peace is peace between God and us. We were enemies of God before we know Jesus. Rom 8:7,- the mind that does not know God is hostile to God

Rom5:10 – if when we were God's enemies.

The Cross reconciled us to His son

Col 1:21, we were enemies in your mind because of your evil behaviour.

Now we are reconciled, and we are a part of His family, and we are his friends, and He calls us His sons

Now we can have peace bet us and others in Christ. Gal 3:28 – we are all one in Christ. God has broken the dividing wall of hostility.

We need to preserve that peace and love. No matter where we meet Christian s we become family because we have one Father.

 PEACE

There is peace with ourselves as well. Jesus gives us peace that the world cannot give. Heb9:14 – How much more ….cleanse our conscience. The power of the Cross is that God can cleanse us of any sins. We can rely on the work of the Cross, and the penalty of sin is taken away, Not to sin but to serve the living God.

This peace is received by receiving God. John 1

Rom 5:1

 PURPOSE

John 20:21

As the Father has sent me, I am sending you. We are saved for a purpose. Between our conversion and heaven, there is a purpose fr our living. We are being sent just like Jesus was sent. – to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.

Our purpose is to serve the body and to share the good news. In our busyness, we need to make time for our primary purpose. Let us not lose sight of this.

 POWER

Jesus gave us peace, purpose and power. He gave them the Holy Spirit. John20:22

Acts 1:4 wait for the gift my Father promised. V8 You will receive power when the Hole Spier come s on you to be my witnesses to the end s of the earth.

IF you forgive, they will be forgiven; if you don't forgive, they will not be forgiven. I.e. when we preach the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, it is Jesus speaking through us, and if anyone does not receive our words, they miss out on the forgiveness that He has to offer and vice versa.

Jesus suffered died on the Cross not as a victim but as a Victor. He rose again from the dead, and what happened to him will happen to us. This is what Easter is about.

  Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit-filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that has people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.  Word of Grace is a part of a wider international family of Churches called RegionsBeyond.To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org. 

 

 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Behold Your King

 

This message was preached by  Colin Dcruz via zoom at Word Of Grace Church on  March 21st,2021. for the audio please click here.   For the worship please click here

Next Sunday is Easter. A week before the resurrection, Jesus entered Jerusalem sitting on a donkey. This account is mentioned in all four Gospels. Let's read this account from the Gospel of Matthew.

 Matthew 21:1-11

This event was prophesied by Zechariah 500 years before Jesus was born (Zechariah 9:9). Today I would like to share what I got from this prophetic word that God gave Zechariah.

 So, the scripture for today's message is: -

 Matthew 21:5 NKJV

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

 Today's message, in short, is answers to the following three questions.

1. Who was coming? Our King.

2. Where was He coming? To us.

3. How was He coming? Lowly.

 

1.     Jesus is our King.

 Matthew 21:5a NKJV

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King

 Revelation 17:14 NIV

They will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will triumph over them because he is Lord of Lords and King of kings—and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers.”

 Jesus is King. He is King of kings.

 Matthew 28:18 NIV

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

 So, Jesus is King. But is He your King?

 When we gave our life to Jesus, we became part of the kingdom of Jesus and Jesus became our King.

 Colossians 1:13 NIV

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,

So, if you are born again you are part of God's kingdom and Jesus is your king.

If you are not born again yet, give your life to Jesus today and be part of His kingdom.

 When you are part of a kingdom, you obey the king of that kingdom. Are you obeying your king? Do you speak and do things that pleases Him?  Do you seek to accomplish your will, or you look for the will of Jesus in everything?

 You will obey God, if you love Him.

 John 14:23 NIV

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.

 Of course, we obey Jesus because we love Him. But we also know that He is omniscient – He knows everything. He knows what is best for us. His instructions are to bless us, and not to harm us.

 Even though you are in His kingdom it is possible that you are not regarding Jesus as your king.

 Is Jesus your King in every area of your life? Is Jesus your king in every moment of your life? Or is He your King only on Sundays or only during church meetings?

 Would you regard Jesus as your king every moment of your life?

Would you commit to living a life that pleases your King?

 

2. Jesus came to us.

Matthew 21:5 NKJV

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you,

 Daughter of Zion means people of Jerusalem. Although the 'you' in this verse is referring to the people of Jerusalem city during Jesus time in the immediate fulfilment of prophecy, God is also speaking to us the people of New Jerusalem (Revelation 3:12) through this verse.

 The coming of Jesus to Jerusalem was the beginning of events that would lead to His crucifixion for our sins. So, when Jesus was coming to Jerusalem riding on a donkey, He was coming to us. To save us.

 So, Jesus came to us. We were not the first to go to Him. He came to us first.

 Hebrews 12:2b NIV

For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 He was looking forward to the joy of having us when he travelled towards cross and endured the cross. His eyes were on us when He went through all the pain.

 If we generalise what Jesus did on the cross, then we fail to see how personal this great sacrifice was for each one of us. What do I mean? Each one of us should see it as the great sacrifice Jesus did for us personally. We should see it this way - ‘His eyes were on me when endured the cross. He was looking forward to joy of having me when endured the cross’.

Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV

4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

 This is how we should personalise this scripture.

 Isaiah 53:4-5 NIV

4a Surely Jesus took up my pain and bore my suffering,

5 He was pierced for my transgressions, he was crushed for my iniquities; the punishment that brought my peace was on him, and by his wounds I was healed.

 So, be thankful always that Jesus came to you and saved you.

 His eyes were upon each one of us when He came to cross. His eyes are still upon us and His eyes will always be upon us.

Where are your eyes?

 Matthew 21:5a NKJV

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you

 Many of us are distracted by our worries and pleasures of the world. We should be fixing our eyes on Jesus throwing off all distractions.

 Hebrews 12:1-2a NLT

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. 2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith.

 How to behold our king Jesus?

We behold Jesus by taking away our focus from distractions and focusing on Jesus our destination, by focusing on who Jesus is in the scriptures, by focusing on His great love for us, by relying on Him for everything,  by giving our attention to Him, by thinking about Him, by seeking Him, His presence & His will and by fellowshipping with His Spirit.

When we gave our life to Jesus, when we became born again, Holy Spirit - the Spirit of Jesus took a permanent residence in us. He now dwells inside of us (1 Corinthians 3:16).

 Does this mean that we are fellowshipping with Holy Spirit? No.

Holy Spirit is not just a power. He is God Himself – third person of the trinity. Yes, He is a person. He comforts us (John 14:16), teaches us (Luke 12:12), helps us (Romans 8:26), guides us (Romans 8:14) and talks to us (Acts 13:2). He has emotions. He is grieved when we live a sinful life (Ephesians 4:30). He loves us (Romans 15:30) and He fellowships with us (2 Corinthians 13:14). He loves to have fellowships with us. In fact, He longs for our attention and looks forward to the fellowship with us.

James 4:5 NKJV

Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?

 Today, would you commit to give more of our focus and attention to Jesus.

 

3. Jesus came lowly.

 Matthew 21:5 NKJV

“Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’ ”

 Jesus came to Jerusalem lowly like He came to earth. He chose not to take any other majestic, rich and comfortable mode of transportation to come to Jerusalem. He didn't come in the richness and majesty of a king.

 He didn't come to earth with His divine powers. He rather made himself nothing by taking the nature of a servant.

 Philippians 2:6-8 NIV

Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!

 Jesus gave up His equality with God for us. He gave up His divine majestic glory for us. He gave up His life for us on the cross. Would you be able to give up some things for serving Jesus and for His kingdom?

 2 Corinthians 5:15 NIV

And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

 Matthew 16:24 NIV

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.

 Are you ready to forsake some of the worldly pleasures and comfort to serve Jesus?

  Jesus came to earth to save us. He was beaten by his creation and mocked by his creation. More than physical pain it was emotional pain. He took all that for each one of us. His eyes were on you when he came to cross. His eyes are upon you. He longs to have your presence, he longs to have your attention. Draw  near Him and He will draw near you. Take one step towards him and he will take hundred steps towards you. He loves you and he wants to have you, he wants to have more and more of you.

   Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit-filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that has people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.  Word of Grace is a part of a wider international family of Churches called RegionsBeyond.To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org. 

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Greatness

 

This message was preached by  Colin Dcruz via zoom at Word Of Grace Church on  March 21st,2021. for the audio please click here.   For the worship please click here

GREATNESS     Colin. 21March 2021

How many want to be great?  We think am I being proud to think like that?

John 13: 1-17      Rom12:2

Do into conform to the pattern of this world – Do not let the world change you into its mould. Have you made Jelly before?

Everyday all day we are bombarded with 1000s of messages through social media etc and these things are trying to shape our values and beliefs.

The Bible tells us to be transformed by God’s word. We need to saturate ourselves with God’s word to think like it. We have the mind of Christ and we need to pray for the wisdom of God.

So, we feed on the Word and focus on Christ.

  So, let’s look at greatness. Bookstores are full of books about success

What is the Biblical model?

John 13:1-17 – Jesus washes the feet of the disciples.

We all know this story.

Let us look at a few things

V1- Are you aware that Jesus loves you? We know He loves us by dying on the cross. But do you know that he loves you deeply right now? Allow the Holy Spirit to show it to you.

Rom 5:8 Jesus did not wait for them to change to love us. That is how we humans thing: change first and then I will accept you.

Did Jesus Love Simon Peter.  Yes. Even though Jesus knew that he would sin and betrayed Jesus, he washed his feet.

Peter cut the servants ear off. Matt16 – Peter has the revelation of who Jesus is  - the Christ.

Jesus knew Peter’s weakness but he still loved him deeply and powerfully. It is unconditional love. The second part is that he loves us too much to leave us that way and will not leave us like that but wants to become more like him

 At the end Jesus comes back to Peter and asks him “Do you love me” three times

Know the love of Jesus in you

Gal2:20

2 Cor 5:14-15

Rom 8:35-39

No challenge can separate you from the love of God – finance, relationships, health circumstances. Nothing can separate you from God’s love

 

V2- 3- JESUS KNOW HIS IDENTITY

He was confident of who he was. He was aware of his crucifixion and resurrection. If we put our faith in Jesus all our sins will be forgiven. HE came for a purpose and was going back to the Father in glory

Acts 7:55 – Stephen saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. Jesus is in heaven full of glory and power

Col3:1

On earth, he emptied himself of his glory. Now he is full of glory.

 Remember the mount of transfiguration. Mk9:2 – His clothes became dazzling white!! There were moments on earth when his glory was revealed. One day we will see his full glory.

John was the disciple Jesus loved. But in Rev1:12 see how John responds- he fell facedown as though dead.

 Because Jesus knew who he was he could do Jn13:4 onwards. He could wash their feet.

We are transformed as we look at Jesus.

Do you know who you are? Are you confident in your identity?

 

V . 4-5

Are you one who will rush to wash dirty feet? In Jewish culture only gentile servants would wash the feet. But Jesus because he was secure in his identity he could do it. He felt no shame and humbled himself.

Phil2:5

V12- Jesus finished washing and then taught them. Do you understand what I have done? HE tells them to do the same.

No servant is greater than his master. It is talking about serving one another.

Mk10:43-45

James and John come to Jesus and ask who will sit at Jesus right and left. The disciples were all thinking in a worldly way- position and power. The other disciples were also thinking about this because they also wanted to know who is the greatest.

Jesus tells us how we can become great and he shows the way. We must become the servant of all. It is not how many people serve you but how many do you serve? This is the path to greatness.

Let us see how we can apply this to our live

 Know that Jesus loves you dearly to the end

Know your identity in Christ- these are true irrespective of your behave

Jesus wants you to be great and the way become that is to serve.

We start serving in the home- the goal is to become like Jesus.

Look at ways to serve. Family, children, society. Serve with your full heart

When we do this we will be blessed. Let us pray that we will desire true greatness.

 

   Word of Grace is an Evangelical (Born Again),  Spirit-filled (Charismatic), Reformed, English speaking church in Pune that upholds the Bible as God's inspired Word for life. We are a church community that has people from every part of India and parts of the world. We are here to put the Great Command and the Great Commission into practice by equipping and releasing every member into works of service.  Word of Grace is a part of a wider international family of Churches called RegionsBeyond.To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.