Sadly, last night was the end of Chanukah-8th day. My family looks forward to celebrating this feast of the Lord every year. This past week has been a time of reflection, dedication and a celebration of miracles. Also, it's been a special time of family traditions, noshing on latkes and jelly donuts as the kiddies play dreidel and sing songs. Oh, and a small gift is opened every night too! It's been a week long party!
Watch my Chanukah 2014 highlight video here.
Today is Christmas Eve. Do you think it's a coincidence that Chanukah, the Feast of Dedication occurs during the Christmas season? In John 10: 22, Jesus celebrated the feast in the temple with His fellow kinsmen. It's mind blowing to think that Jesus the light of the world is standing in the midst of His Jewish people in the temple during this festival of lights. Jesus is standing among the people as the ultimate light of the world. Wow! He fulfilled the feast of the Lord. According to John 8:12. Jesus said, " He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life". The New Testament book of John is the only reference to Chanukah and also full of references of Jesus as the "light". Yet many could not see Him as the ultimate light. Sounds familiar with the way it is today. Although the temple was lit by the menorah, Jesus lights of the hearts and souls of men. Yeshua's the light! The Light who drives out the darkness.
During this season, my family likes to drive around and look at the pretty lights that adorn neighborhoods and shopping malls. I also love to watch the glow of the flickering candle lights dance on the menorah. As each night passes, one more candle is lit and more light illuminates our home. Light is a beautiful thing. Yet, it is more noticeable in the darkness. It glows softly, yet with glorious power. As believers and followers of Christ, let us remember to shine our light to others in this manner. May our words and actions be loving and gentle, yet bold and powerful. May our lives be lived in a way that the light of Jesus in us can shine bright to others and wake up a dying world. Through the darkness there is light.
Chanukah is also a time to remember the miracles of God. Throughout the Bible, God shows His miracles in various ways. The Lord shows us that He is faithful. He may not come when you want Him, BUT He comes right on time. Jesus came to us right on time. Joy to the world, for the Lord has come. The birth of Messiah was a perfect plan, ordered and designed by the Father. Perfect Timing. The world had to wait many years for it's Redeemer to be born. O Come O Come Immanuel. The good news is that He came, and He is coming again. Jesus, the light of the world will reign once again on this earth. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
May your family be blessed with joy and love this Christmas season. We are thankful for all your support and encouragement you've given us this year. If I could reach out and hug every one of you, I would. You are simply the best! With love, from our Little Pink Casa to your casa, Merry Christmas!
Blessings and Shalom,
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