26 Dec 2017

For to us a child is born

The evening of December 26 when “Philadelphia” church of Izhevsk celebrated Christmas became another bright event of the outgoing year. Christmas songs and dances created a special atmosphere of celebration and filled everyone with joy. After the celebrating part senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov preached a sermon of Christmas. He spoke of the things that Christmas has brought to our lives, of which the prophet Isaiah wrote (Isaiah 9:1-6). Along with Christmas the light able to light up all the depths of a human personality came to the world. And this light brought hope: “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light» (Isaiah 9:2). The essence of Christmas is to multiply people who know God. Together with Christ joy came to the world. It is not the passing joy of the world, but the deep, holy joy that can be compared with a harvest: “You have enlarged the nation  and increased their joy” (Isaiah 9:3). God raises people from the dust. We see ill people being healed, relationships being recovered, sentenced to death being alive: “You have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor” (Isaiah (9:4). All this happens “for to us the Child is born” (Isaiah 9:6). At the end of the sermon the pastor called the church to tell other people what Christmas brings to our lives, because this world wants to know this holiday without knowing the Savior.

Irina Konovalova


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