For over 2100 years, Hanukkah has been an important celebration for the Jewish people. But despite the misconceptions, it’s not the Jewish version of Christmas, nor is it just about dreidels and chocolate coins. Hanukkah is a historical epic of the likes of William Wallace and Braveheart. But to fully appreciate this story, we need
The Gospel of John records that Jesus Himself observed Chanukah, and on one particular occasion, a heated discussion took place with a couple of physical threats. What about Chanukah incited the crowds to practically attack Jesus? Justin Hibbard, director of Christianity is Jewish, explains in this episode – part 2 on our series of Chanukah.
Messiah. For Gentile Christians, the word is equivalent with Jesus. But for Jewish people, the word expresses a longing, a hope, a desire, a deliverer for the people of Israel. The word in Hebrew is Mashiach, and it is where we get its Greek counterpart – Christ. Christ is not Jesus’ last name; it means
One of the traditions of Chanukah concerns the lighting of the 8 branched Chanukah menorah. There is always a notable candle that is used to light the other candles called the “Shamash,” meaning “Servant.” The “Shamash” candle is a perfect illustration of Messiah the Light of the World who enlightens the hearts and lives of
Another name for Chanukah is “Chag HaOrim,” “The Festival of Lights.” This name calls to mind the 8 day miracle whereby God enabled a cruse of oil used to light the Menorah in the Temple to last eight days instead of only one. By means of this miracle the rededication of the Temple was complete
Jesus, the Messianic Hope of Sukkot and Hanukkah In John 8:12, Jesus proclaimed, “I am the light of the world.” While this is a statement with which we are most likely familiar with, many miss the deep richness of Jesus’ purposeful timing in the expression of His nature. From the Gospel written by John, we