Hanukkah

Hanukkah has a great deal of importance for believers today! Hanukkah is celebrated from the evening of Sunday, November 28 to the evening of Monday, December 6, 2021. 

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What is Hanukkah

Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabee family after it was desecrated by the Roman ruler Antiochus IV Epiphanes. When the Temple was rededicated after 3 years, there was only enough oil in the Temple to light the Menorah for day, but the oil miraculously burned for 8 days. 

It is also called the Feast of Dedication & the Festival of Lights. 

Why We Celebrate? 

We celebrate because Jesus defeated sin and darkness in our lives through His life, dearth & resurrection. He established His kingdom in our hearts and one day will establish His kingdom here on Earth. 

Jesus is also the True Light "which gives light to every man" and Jesus said of Himself, "I am the Light of the World!" 

It is during this time the Jesus was most likely conceived (see Luke 1:5-11 & 24-26).  Jesus also was present at the Temple to celebrate the Feast of Dedication according to the Book of John. 

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How To Celebrate

Believers can celebrate by separating ourselves from this world & it's values; dedicate ourselves to God & His purpose for our lives; and trust God to help us overcome the enemy of our soul. 

The central focus of Hanukkah is the Hanukkah - an eight branched menorah. Candles are lit each night of Hanukkah from Left to Right, and blessings pronounced each night. Games are played and fried foods are often eaten with friends and family during the 8 nights of this celebration. 

As Believers, we can celebrate the fact that Jesus is the Light of the World, and and has sent the Holy Spirit into our lives. He has called us the "light of the world" so ARISE & SHINE! 

Blessings:

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has sanctified us through our Messiah Jesus, our true Light

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has wrought miracles to save the Jewish people in order to give us the Messiah.

 

Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, who has kept us alive and sustained us, and brought us to this season. 

 

You can find out more about Hanukkah and how to celebrate it at Hebrew4Christians 

and by reading Celebrating Jesus in The Biblical Feasts by Dr. Richard Booker.