Thursday, December 31, 2015

Light of the World: Our Christ-Centered Hanukkah

"Then came Hanukkah in Yerushalayim. It was winter, and Yeshua was walking around inside the Temple area, in Shlomo's Colonnade. So the Judeans surrounded him and said to him, "How much longer are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us publicly!"
Yeshua answered them, "I have already told you, and you don't trust me. The works I do in my Father's name testify on my behalf, but the reason you don't trust is that you are not included among my sheep.
My sheep listen to my voice, I recognize them, they follow me, and I give them eternal life. They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands. My Father, who gave them to me, is greater than all; and no one can snatch them from the Father's hands. I and the Father are one."
-John 10:22-30

We were blessed to celebrate our first Hanukkah this year, following after our Lord. We used a wonderful Christ-centered devotional, called Light of Yeshua. Eight fun-filled nights of celebrating the Light of the World during the Festival of Lights. We had friends over, played games, ate new foods, and sang songs. We also discovered a new Shalom Sesame series, where Grover goes to Israel and discovers all sorts of new traditions and learns Hebrew words. We got some really wonderful books about the Maccabees, and read through portions of the Maccabees books for the first time. It's so amazing to think about how the overcoming of the religious oppression led to rededicating the Temple that Jesus Himself needed to walk as our Savior, and it was a captivating week of setting our minds on rededicating ourselves to Him. It was a great learning experience and a lot of fun. We spun the dreidel, ate latkes, sufganiyots and shakshukas. We lit our menorah each night with our prayers and Bible portions, and just had a wonderful week. Hallelujah!! A blessed celebration of God's miracles. We have found so much value in embracing Biblical feasts this year.

"We have chosen to turn aside and pay attention to what God has to say..."
"In the beginning, there was darkness and God created light. But, one day there will be only light and no darkness!!"
HalleluYah!!! Yeshua, Light of the World.
We had a beautiful first year of Hanukkah; miracles of God. Thank you to everyone who joined us this week of Praise and Awe, learning and loving, spreading the Light of our Lord.

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