Happy Hannukah!

 

Today is the first day of Hanukkah, an eight day Jewish celebration known as The Festival of Lights

According to Jews for Jesus, the word "Hanukkah" translates as "dedication". It is a time when Jewish people remember God's miraculous deliverance of their people from a time of great darkness in their history. What we as Christians some times miss is that this time of dedication also reflects Jesus own teaching when He called Himself the Light of the World. 

So on this first day of Hanukkah, let me wish shalom (peace) to you all.


The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Isaiah 60:19 (NIV)

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Kristine McGuire is an inspirational author and speaker, sharing her testimony and encouraging others in their walk with Christ.

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  1. I almost bought a "mini" menorah many months ago at a second hand store. It was only $1 but I thought "I'm not Jewish. What do I need this for?" Well, I changed my mind and the next time I was there it was gone of course. I hate it when I do that.

    • You know, it's funny, but it never occurred to me that Hanukkah is something I could/should celebrate as a Christian but (as my husband reminded me last night) there is no reason not to do so. We've decided to do our own little devotion every night of Hanukkah this year but next year we are going to do the whole thing.

  2. I noticed the menorah picture you have has nine branches and the one I looked at had seven. So I popped over to wikipedia and it says the 7 is a Temple menorah while the 9 is a Hanukkah menorah. Yah, I wasn't sure what I was gonna do with it but I thought it would be a way of honoring Jesus' Jewishness and sort of connecting with a tradition he would have been familiar with. I only found out in the last ten years or so that there were Jewish believers in Jesus and I guess there are even non-Jews who attend Messianic services.

    • You know, I first learned of Jews for Jesus during Passover when I was a teenager. They came and shared the sedar meal with our church, pointed out how Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies of the Messiah, sang for us. It was a truly beautiful experience. Ironically, I never felt compelled to learn more about the Jewish foundations of our faith or how Christians can incorporate the biblical celebrations into their lives. My husband and I have been talking about it and have decided we are going to explore that now.

      • I too have some interest in this- Actually, this past year we had a Passover feast and read some dialogue about how the Passover relates to us as Christians. It was a truly meaningful experience for our family!

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