It’s winter! Here at Daystar you can see 1.5 million LED lights representing the light of the world Yeshua the Messiah who entered the world as a baby ultimately to lead to the redemption of the whole world.
Two great holidays, Christmas and Hanukkah are being celebrated this month and they are closely connected. In fact, they directly overlap this year so you can celebrate both with your family at the same time.
The story of Hanukkah is a story of a miracle that is worth celebrating simply because we know Yeshua celebrated this holiday.
John 10:22-23 TLV “Then came Hanukkah; it was winter in Jerusalem. Yeshua was walking in the Temple around Solomon’s Colonnade.”
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights. This Jewish festival is commemorating the re-dedication of the 2nd temple in Jerusalem. This happened over 2000 years ago when a Syrian army had conquered the city of Jerusalem. This army forced the Jewish people to stop worshiping the one true God. They banned all Jewish worship, practice and tradition. After 3 years of dealing with the oppression a family known as the Maccabeas had enough. The Maccabean family raised up a group that would not take it any longer. With the supernatural help of God, this godly family was able to take back the Temple and rededicate it to the Lord. The only way to rededicate the temple was to use special oil to light the menorah and keep the flames burning. There was only enough oil to burn in the menorah for 1 night. Miraculously the oil lasted for 8 days giving the priests enough time to make more oil. For that reason we celebrate Hanukkah for 8 days.
Let this season of Christmas and Hanukkah be a time of celebrating the birth of Yeshua the Messiah but also celebrating the amazing gift of salvation through his life, death and resurrection.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!
For information about Hanukkah and how you can pray during this time with your family please visit this link for additional resources.
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