Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What Child is this? | Colin D

This message was preached  by Colin D'cruz at Word of Grace Church on December 10th, 2017. To listen/download the audio please click hereTo listen to the Sunday's worship and prophetic contributions please click here.


Last week we looked at Luke 1 and looked at how the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus came about. Today we will look at Luke 2: 1-21

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.

Those days is talking about, the days, when after 400 years of silence was broken when an angel of God spoke to Zechariah. 6 months later, the angel spoke to Mary, prophesying to both a child- one being the forerunner and one where she is conceived by the Holy Spirit. Caesar and Augustus are not names, but titles- his real name was Gaius Octavios. Our faith in Jesus is not rooted in mythology but in history. Caesar Augustus ruled the Roman empire for 45 years. Pax romana- peace of Rome- was in his reign. There was prosperity and peace in Rome during this time.

Q. Why is Luke telling us this?  

2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child

In Micah he prophesied that the Messiah will come out of Bethlehem. The other prophetic word is that he would be of the lineage of David. But they were living in Nazareth. So God moved the ruler’s heart to conduct a census. According to the census, they had to go to their hometown, which was Bethlehem.

Q. What can we learn from this?

All the international political events can confound us, but above and beyond all these decisions, is our God who is sovereign and he will always have his way. The kings’ hearts are in his hands.

6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Firstborn – in Jewish culture, the rights and inheritance went to the Firstborn. The Bible tells us that Jesus had other half- brothers and sisters. The Catholics believe otherwise. Jesus had other brothers and sister- Joseph and Mary had normal relations after the birth of Jesus.

Manger- It is a feeding trough for animals. It is not something people usually have in homes. Babies do not belong in a manger. Parents choose a nice room and good place to put our babies. Mary and Joseph were poor. There was no place even in an Inn. The king of the Universe chose to be born in humble surroundings.

Q. Are we willing for the sake of the gospel to sacrifice?

Jesus voluntarily took up the place of a poor person, a humiliating way to be born.

8 And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

Shepherds were looked down upon in that society. In their law, shepherds’ testimony was not taken into account. God chose to reveal the wonder of his birth to the nobodies in society.

9 And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

This statement has so much truth in it. The long awaited Messiah for whom they were pining, a Saviour was born. Christ means the anointed one. Lord is used to refer to God. He is the answer to the Jewish nation. But it is for all people. The extent of Jesus’ influence is all people.

It is good news of great joy. That great joy is when someone receives salvation. Christmas is Merry for us because our sins are forgiven.

12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”

Q. How did they know that that was the baby? The angels gave them this indication.

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

What a choir that must have been!! Amazing heavenly worship taking place there. God chose the foolish things on earth to shame the wise. We are amongst those nobodies to whom God has revealed the birth of His son.

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”

What an amazing thing that the angels finished singing, and went back to heaven! The Shepherds couldn’t figure out this thing that has happened.

16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.

Now Mary and Joseph had God speak to both of them regarding this baby. But for months, they did not have any other sign or confirmation. Sometimes, we too can wonder if God has really said something. But now, after the baby is born, for the first time they have a confirmation from the shepherds. Then they tell Mary and Joseph that angels told them about this baby.

18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

We have heard the good news of the Saviour. Like the shepherds, we need to make it known. This needs to become a lifestyle. Evangelism is a lifestyle. We need to fill our hearts with worship at the miracle of the birth and salvation of God.

Can we be a people who treasure this news and respond with a lifestyle of Worship and Evangelism?

Let’s pray.  


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 have 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. To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Who is Christmas about? | Colin D

This message was preached  by Colin D'cruz at Word of Grace Church on December 3rd, 2017. To listen/download the audio please click hereTo listen to the Sunday's worship and prophetic contributions please click here.


Luke 1: 26- 38In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

Q. Who is Christmas all about?

In verse 26 it says, 6th month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. At the beginning of Luke, Zechariah was serving in the temple and as he was serving, an angel appeared to him. The nation of Israel had drifted away from God and steeped in legalism. It had declined completely and was being ruled by a non-jewish ruler, Herod and the Romans were controlling everything.

Not only was it politically weak, there was no voice of God. In the dark ages, the silence broke when the angel appeared to Zechariah. Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were past child-bearing age. The angel says that his prayer has been heard and his wife is going to have a son and you will call him John. This John was going to be a special child- he will turn many of the children of Israel to the true living God. He is John the Baptist.

The angel Gabriel comes to Mary who was already engaged to Joseph. This is the second angelic visitation after 100s of years of silence. What did Mary find favour for? In Jesus’ lineage there were many who had questionable characters. They were sinners saved by the grace of God. But in this case, the angel says that she found favour before God.

The incarnation- the Holy Spirit will come upon you and you will have a child. This is what Christmas is all about. Since the time of Adam and Eve, sin came into the human race. God planned a way to redeem mankind. In Gen 3 God speaks about redemption by the seed of a woman. Through Abraham we were all going to be blessed. It is by one of the descendants of Abraham.

There was a Messiah who had been promised. For him, certain things were to be in place.

1.      He was going to be a king.

Q. What kind of a king was he?

And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.

Both Mary and Joseph are in the lineage of Abraham. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah to fulfill the prophetic words that have been spoken about.

2 Samuel 7:12-When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come from your body, and I will establish his kingdom.This was about Jesus.

Today there is no proof of lineage anymore. Jesus was the long awaited king

2.      His kingdom will never end

One day Jesus will come back again and establish a new earth and new heaven where we will live without sin and in peace.

3.      He is the son of the Most High
Today a lot of people with influence say, do you know who my father is? Jesus’ earthly father was Joseph, but his real Father is the Most High. He is the Son of God. Deut 32:8 speaks about the Son of the Most High.

4.      He was the perfect son
In verse 39 it says, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God

Every other child born in this world is sinful. But Jesus was born without sin. He was Holy by birth. He was able to say, can any of you convict me of any sin? We are not able to say that.

God could have sent his Son in splendour and glory, but instead, he sent him to poor peasants.

5.      His purpose was to save people from their sins
Gal 4:4-But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.”

God knew the right time, chose the right people and even instructed the government to have a census so Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem. The reason Jesus came was to save us from our sins. He is fully man and fully God. He felt the same things we face.

As we celebrate Christmas together, let’s think about what Jesus did. These are a few things about Jesus, but how do we apply them in our lives?  

1.      For nothing will be impossible with God. What is it that you find it impossible for God to do this Christmas season?

Nothing is impossible for God. We need to hold on to this verse. As we think about Jesus, let this thought ring in our minds

2.      What was Mary’s response?

She submitted herself to the will of God completely. Can you imagine the plight of Mary- The shame of being considered an unwed mother? Are we open to embrace the will of God in our lives? We come across hard things everyday! But we need to submit ourselves to His will for everything that happens in our life.

The key is that Mary heard the word of God. Are we hearing the word of God for ourselves? Jesus broke into creation to save sinners and we have a role to play in that.

3.      Mary was an upright person. She was not sinless but she found favour in God. There is something we have to do, strive for practical holiness. If you really believe that we cannot do anything apart from Jesus, we would be saturating ourselves in the word and be on our knees for an hour everyday in prayer. Let us find favour with God.


Let’s pray. 

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 have 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. To know more about us please log onto www.wordofgracechurch.org.