Start Date: 01 January 2018
End Date: 01 January 2018
Place: 365 Burrows Ave.
Today we celebrate the great feast of the Circumcision of Christ and also the New Year.
The feast of the Circumcision is connected with an absolutely concrete event. According to the Old Testament law on the eight day after the birth of a male infant there had to be performed the circumcision of the foreskin – in commemoration of the testament between God and Abraham. Of course, the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnated Son of God, didn’t need circumcision. His mission of saving humanity exceeded all that Abraham and all righteous men who had lived before Him and who had lived, lived and would live after the Nativity of Christ, had done. No circumcision could increase or decrease the importance of this mission or influence the cause being performed by the Lord.
Nevertheless, Jesus Christ took circumcision. And this circumstance makes us think over the importance of the rite and religious custom. The Circumcision was a rite according to which a man who took it, as if confirmed his connection with the Testament between God and Abraham. It was a visible sign to it. But didn’t all people who had been circumcised remain true to the commandment which God had given Abraham? Of course, not. And the sermon of the Saviour Himself testifies to it with all its power. The Saviour exposes the Scribes, the Pharisees and Hypocrites who carefully fulfilled all customs but in their hearts moved away from God and practically violated the Testament of God with Abraham. Thus, the Circumcision didn’t prevent a man from performing both bad deeds and even formal fulfilling the Old Testament law.