Keeping Christ as the focal point during the Christmas Season and reminding myself that He is the light of the world the light reminds me of Hanukkah. Hanukkah, which is celebrated this week is also called the Festival of Lights. In between the time of the old testament and new testament the Temple was defiled and overtaken. The Maccabees were strong people of God who refused to stop fighting for Israel. They reclaimed the temple and then it needed to be made ceremonially clean. They needed to use consecrated oil however, there was only enough for 1 day…and yet it burned for eight days, which is the length of time needed to cleanse the temple.
During this season we are reminded to cleanse our life, to invite the Father of Lights Jesus into our lives. God is the light of the world and in Him there is no darkness. God did miracles then…He still can…and does. Jesus can bring light and truth to anyone who will remember to trust Him.
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More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d.
When they sought to light the Temple’s menorah they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under the right conditions.
To commemorate Hanukkah began.
On Hanukkah daily prayers are offered in praise and thanksgiving to G-d for “delivering the strong into the hands of the weak, the many into the hands of the few… the wicked into the hands of the righteous.”
The Lord tells us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Israel is the apple of God’s eye. This Thanksgiving, let’s understand this celebration & miracle.