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