What is the meaning and historic significance of Hanukkah?
The Source of Light
A Chanukah Meditation
by John Parsons
Did you know that Yeshua observed the Chanukah festival?
“Now it was the Feast of Dedication (i.e., chag Chanukah) in Jerusalem, and it was winter, and Yeshua walked in the Temple, in Solomon’s porch..
Then the Judeans surrounded Him and said to Him,
“How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
And Yeshua answered them: “I have told you, but you do not believe.
The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.
My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
“I and My Father are one” (John 10:22-30).
Those of faith see the light of God.
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9).
“God is Light; in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
Yeshua said: “I am come a light into the world, that whoever believes in me should not abide in darkness” (John 12:46).
The ultimate message of Chanukah is eschatological and full of hope.
This world is passing away and the Kingdom of Heaven will one day be established upon the earth.
We live in light of this blessed hope (Titus 2:11-13).
The world’s rulers are “on notice” from God Almighty: their days are numbered and they will surely face the judgment of the LORD God of Israel (Psalm 2).
We must stand against evil by refusing to conform to the world around us (Eph. 6:11-18).
Now is the time…
“Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
Followers of Yeshua are made part of His Dwelling – extensions of His Presence in this dark world – and during this Chanukah season may we remember the call to rededicate our lives to Him! יְהִי אוֹר – May your light shine!
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