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Hanukkah Service

Join us for our Hanukkah Service. We will come together to celebrate the week of Hanukkah.

It’s somewhat ironic that the only reference to the festival of Hanukkah occurs in the New Testament, not in the Old Testament (Tanakh). In the Gospel of John we read that the LORD Yeshua was at the Temple during the “Feast of Dedication,” or Hanukkah:

At that time the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly. (John 10:22-24, ESV)

During a season of remembering miracles, Jesus (Yeshua) pointed out that the works that He did attested to His claim to be the long-awaited Messiah of the Jewish people (John 10:37-38). His works and character clearly displayed the true Light of who He was, and these works still shine to us today. Yeshua was and forever shall be the greatest Jew who ever lived upon the earth.

And of course, as Mashiach ben Yosef, our Suffering Servant, Yeshua is the Ultimate Light who enables us to shine a sacred fire of sacrificial love to the darkened outside world. Jesus commanded, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt 5:16). He also told us in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”

Jesus gives us light, the very “light of life.” What does this mean to you who claim to know Him and His message? How does this impact you as His follower in this darkened age?

We are called to be part of His Temple, His Body, and at this time we should reflect on rededicating ourselves to the eradication of all that compromises us and tempts us to assimilate with the hell bound world around us.

It is only by the Light of Jesus that we gain victory over the powers of darkness, since the darkness cannot comprehend the light. When we walk in the Light, we have fellowship, unity, echdut, with one another, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against such divinely sanctioned communion.  May the LORD God of Israel, the Father of the Blessed One Jesus, help us all to behold the glory of His Light by abiding in His love! And may we turn to Him now and rededicate our own lives as temples cleansed and readied by His Spirit to honor His abiding Presence.

The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabees Revolt. Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.

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