SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2021 AT 7:30 PM
Did you know that Jesus never celebrated Christmas? We do see Him, however, at the Temple in Jerusalem during the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah). (see John 10:22-23)
Hanukkah actually means, “dedication” or “consecration.” It is a festival that celebrates the re-dedication of the Second temple in Jerusalem (164 B.C.) after the miraculous defeat and expulsion of the armies of the Greek/Seleucid Empire under the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes. But, perhaps, Hanukkah is more a festival commemorating the re-dedication of the people of Israel who had repented and turned away from their worship of Greek idols and back to their worship of the one true God. It commemorates a time when a handful of faithful Jews dared to go against the prevailing attitudes and practices of their day. They refused to forsake Torah and the Holy One of Israel. Their faith was so consuming and contagious that it sparked a rebellion throughout the land of Israel. This rag-tag collection of faithful Jews were wholly sold out to God. They trusted Him and he, in turn, gave them victory over their oppressors. They eventually purged their enemies from their land–and from the Temple of God in Jerusalem.
This is what Jews and believers in Messiah Yeshua celebrate at Hanukkah: a time when God’s light shown brightly throughout His land.
This is the story our youth will tell in word, action and song on December 4th.
Come. Let’s join them and light up the night!