Some people think Hanukkah is the
Jewish Christmas. However, this holiday, which is also known as The
Feast of Dedication, predates Christmas and is mentioned in
the New Testament in John 10:22. Preceding this Jesus declared, I
am the Light of the world (John 8:12 and 9:5). He was identifying
himself as the TRUE LIGHT that burns eternally. How fitting for the miracle of Hanukkah and the Advent of the incarnate birth to be
celebrated with the lighting of candles at the same time of year!
So you may be wondering, how does Hanukkah
make Christmas possible? I'm glad you asked! During the reign of
Antiochus IV Epiphanes, from 175-164 B.C., this evil Syrian ruler
desecrated God's holy temple and sought to eliminate the Jewish*
people. Therefore, had he been successful, our Messiah, King Jesus,
wouldn't have been born!
As we prepare to celebrate the coming of
our Lord's birth, let us also remember that he is coming
again, and resolve to rededicate our lives to him, so his light will
shine continually in us!
You yourselves are God's temple . . . God's Spirit dwells in
your midst . . . 1 Corinthians 3:16.
Happy Hanukkah and Merry CHRISTmas!
Copyright 2015 / 2017 Sarah A. Keith
*Read more about it at: http://mjbi.org/hanukkah