Hanukkah to Christmas

 
 
 
 

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (ESV)

 

Hanukkah to Christmas

Has it ever occurred to you that without Hanukkah we wouldn't have Christmas? Hanukkah means dedication, and is also known as the Festival of Lights. This feast commemorates the rededication of the temple in 164 B.C. and recalls the miracle of the holy temple's oil supply lasting eight days, when there was only enough for one day!

   

The Feast of Dedication is mentioned in the New Testament in John 10:22, and preceding this, Jesus declared, I am the Light of the world (John 8:12 and 9:5). How fitting then 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, what does Hanukkah have to do with Christmas? 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 S.A. Keith

*Read more about it at: http://mjbi.org/hanukkah

 

 

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