What Child is This?

Date: 6 Mar 2022

Sermon Text: Luke 2:1-52

Speaker: Ps Daniel Tan

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Greetings everyone and welcome back to our Sunday Service.

As a church we are going through the Gospel of Luke and each month, the first 3 Sundays will be on this pulpit series. In February, we went through Luke chapter 1. We got to know that Doctor Luke was writing an orderly account of the life of Jesus for a prominent member of the Roman society – a most excellent Theophilus. We saw the significance of Angel Gabriel’s communication to Zechariah and Mary, on the impossible birth of John and the miraculous conception of Jesus.

Chapter 1 ended with the birth of John. And as a faith community we were faced with this question – what is the nature of the King’s salvation? We saw that it was contrary to the value systems of this world, and it was inclusive to the fullest extend possible. Moreover, we understood that such perspectives can only be accepted and responded appropriately to, when we have been filled with the Holy Spirit. This morning, we will continue see some of these themes as well.

So, from the birth of John at the end of Luke 1, we now come to the birth of Jesus.

How many babies are born each year? Well, according to statistics, around 140 million babies are born every year in the world. In Singapore, our 5 year annual average is about 32,500. In the 1960s and 70s, KK Hospital was world famous for the number of births per year. Each baby is precious and I’m sure some were long-awaited ones, others, carried to term with great difficulty.

Now for all these births, the child is special to their parents and family and for some like royalty, significant even for the nation. But Theophilus, Dr Luke is saying, the birth of Jesus supersedes all significance. It has cosmic implications. It has impact for now and into eternity. And that is the question of the hymn we sing at Christmas – What Child is This?

What Child is this who laid to rest, on Mary‘s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing

Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the Babe the Son of Mary.

As we begin, let me give an overview of how we will be going through today’s passage.