Dec. 23, 2019
Would you look at that – Christmas and Hanukkah overlap this year! Hanukkah lasts for eight days, starting last night. We light one candle the first day, two the next, and so on, until all are ablaze at the end. The Feast of Hanukkah is both fun and meaningful for the Jewish people, as Christmas is for Christians around the world.
Whatever you choose to celebrate, we wish you a wonderful time with family and friends, keeping Jesus at the center of it all.
“In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5)
Dr. Erez Soref, President of ONE FOR ISRAEL
Whether you’re new or old to the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah, there are a few things you should know…6 Things Christians Should Know About Hanukkah
The Hanukkah candlestick has nine branches rather than seven – to symbolize the eight-day miracle and the extra “servant light” from which the others are lit.
I expect you can see some meaning for us as believers in this story. Jesus, light of the world, also calls us to be the light of the world – He is the “servant light” who sets us ablaze to join Him in shining light in the darkness. Moreover, there are several times when an eight-day festival of dedication is mentioned in the Bible, long before the Greeks showed up.
The Rich Meaning of Immanuel
The word Immanuel gets banded around a lot at this time of year due to one of the most startling Messianic prophecies there is:
“Therefore Adonai Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin will conceive. When she is giving birth to a son, she will call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)
Immanuel, Emmanuel, Emanuel – like Hanukkah, there are several ways to spell it in English, but in Hebrew it is two words: עִמָּנוּ אֵל – with-us God, or God with us. This promise to come and be with us does not just suddenly appear in Isaiah 7 – God’s intention to come and live among us is transcribed all throughout Scripture. He’s thought this through and planned His visit very well. Continue reading…
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