‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12)
On the Hanukkah menorah (called a hanukkiah), the shamash
(servant candle) sits higher than the other eight candles and is used
to light them. What a wonderful picture of how Yeshua, the Light
of the World, gives us the “light of life,” through the Ruach
HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit).
Hanukkah comes very early this year. Tonight is the first night!
All over the world tonight, the Jewish People will be lighting their hanukkiahs (Hanukkah menorahs) in remembrance of the miracles that God performed about 2200 years ago in the Holy City of Jerusalem.
The first miracle was God’s deliverance.
For many years, the Jewish People had been oppressed by the Syrian/Greeks, who desecrated the Holy Temple by sacrificing a pig on the altar. They enforced idol worship and forbade Jews from reading and following the Torah.
God delivered the Jewish people through a Jewish priest named Mattathias and his sons. They led a small group of Jewish men to rise up against the 25,000 soldiers of the Syrian/Greek army.
When the Jewish priests entered the Temple to re-dedicate it and light the Menorah, only one small bottle of oil was found—enough to last one day.
Miraculously, that tiny supply of oil lasted eight full days.
This second miracle gave the priests enough time to create more sanctified oil to keep the Temple Menorah burning, as it had to be lit 24 hours a day.
Over 100 years later, Yeshua was at the Holy Temple on Hanukkah when He was asked directly, “Are you the Messiah?”
“Then came the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) at Jerusalem. It was winter and Yeshua (Jesus) was in the Temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. “The Jews gathered around Him, saying, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’” (John 10:22-24)
Let us rejoice together in the miracles of Hanukkah and the miracles that God is doing today in our lives.
May your holiday season be illuminated with the
Light of the World—Yeshua HaMashiach