25 Feb 2018

Who is Jesus for us?

Last Sunday of the month, February 25, the believers of “Philadelphia” church, Izhevsk partook the Holy Communion and thought about the significance of this sacrament.

Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov addressed the church with a question: why do some people leave God disappointed after having come to Him once? To clear it up, pastor suggested recalling a number of biblical stories, relevant up until the present time. When Jesus made a miracle in order to feed the people who were following Him, multiplying the loaves of bread and fish, the next day these people sought Him. Seeing their hearts and motives Jesus said to them: “… you are looking for me, not because you saw the signs I performed but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.” (John 6:26). These people saw that Jesus could meet their needs and were looking for the One who could fulfill their wishes again. A similar situation is seen in the case of the healing of ten men with leprosy – only one of them returned to glorify God instead of going their ways as the nine did. It is worthy of mentioning that Jesus said to the one healed from leprosy who came back: “… your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:19). This man got both healing and salvation.

Unfortunately there are people who come to church not to find God but for their own needs. No doubt the Lord provides for us, feeds, heals and blesses us in various ways but who is Jesus for us in the first place? The Lord himself wants us to be open for close fellowship with Him and not only seeking Him as a problem-solver.

Alisa Zorkina



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