Hanukkah is a Jewish celebration that begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev, which lasts for eight days. In the Hebrew year 5782, Hanukkah starts at sunset November 28 through to nightfall December 06, 2021. It is called the Feast of Dedication or Festival of Lights (John 10:22-30).
Hanukkah celebrates light, redemption, restoration, provision, deliverance, and protection. In the book of Isaiah, we see that the prophet spoke about a Messianic redemption (Isaiah 9:2, 6). During the winter holiday season, many Christians prepare to celebrate on Christmas, December 25, the birth of a Jewish Messiah and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Hanukkah is another celebration where we can celebrate God’s gift, Jesus, the Light of the world, and reflect on the faithfulness of God while lighting the candles. We have the light of life (John 8:12), and the light of Jesus should shine through us into the world around us.
December is my favorite time of the year, and I love to decorate my house with garlands of lights. It reminds me that Christ has told us that we are to be the light of the world now that He has ascended into heaven. Ask the Holy Spirit to direct you in sharing God’s love through Jesus Christ to someone today.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14 – 16
Arise, shine, for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. Isaiah 60:1 – 2
May God’s love and light fill your heart and home at Hanukkah.
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