Celebrating Chanukah as a Christian
It's it something. It seems like thing are turning around. Finally Christians are turning back to the origins of our faith. Christianity was founded or established as a ministry first to the Jew and then to the world. Jesus himself said over and over again that he came for the Jew first. He was amazing. Then he chose 12 Jewish men to follow him. On one occasion Yeshua--- Jesus who is a Jewish rabbi went up to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast of Dedication which was none other than Chanukah!! This feast recalled when the consecrated oil in the temple lasted for eight days when it should have run out much much sooner.
It isn't hard to understand. Yeshua the Messiah, celebrated the feasts as outlined in the Torah which by the way are on the Jewish calendar not the Gregorian calendar. Don't you think we should celebrate them, too?
More than logic, there is a blessing in honoring God's appointed times as they appear on the Jewish Calendar. Jesus in hidden from the eyes of many Jewish people but as we examine the feasts we find Yeshua, our Savior, in the middle of each one. He, Jesus, Yeshua, the light of the world.
By the way, I lit the candles from right to left using the center candle to light the others and then turned the menorah around so it would be seen from outside. I found these little crayon candles for the menorah and I thought they looked beautiful. Hannukah is for Christians, too. God bless the chosen people of God for through them came the Messiah of the world.
For more information on how to celebrate Chanukah go to www.hebrews4christians.org. where you will find a wealth of information.