Celebrating Jesus in Chanukah

This year will be our first official Chanukah! We’ve had a few dry runs as they say, but now that Ari is nearly two and able to open gifts and is able to understand (more or less) what we are sharing with him, the next eight nights will be even more meaningful!

Side Note: My spell checks doesn’t like the word Chanukah or Hannukah or Hanukah or any other way of spelling it. So please accept what ever variation comes your way 🙂

Being a Christian family we choose to celebrate Chanukah because Jesus did {John 10:22-30 & 37-42}, and because there is great meaning found in this celebration. We also celebrate Christmas but again, with our focus on Christ. Even though He may not have technically been born on December 25th his birth is something to celebrate for all time! Heck most years I don’t celebrate my birthday on the actual day but I still celebrate and I don’t come anywhere close to being the son the God!

I digress ;D…

How We Celebrate Chanukah — The Jesus Way

I purchased a wonderful Chanukah devotional (for under four bucks!!) on my kindle called Light of Yeshua – A Chanukah Devotional Guide for Messianic BelieversWe will be following it this year and I will share with you bits of its content.

We Read:

John 10:22-30 & 37-42

22 It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. 23 He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

25 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. 26 But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, 29 for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else.[d] No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.30 The Father and I are one.”

37 Don’t believe me unless I carry out my Father’s work. 38 But if I do his work, believe in the evidence of the miraculous works I have done, even if you don’t believe me. Then you will know and understand that the Father is in me, and I am in the Father.”

39 Once again they tried to arrest him, but he got away and left them. 40 He went beyond the Jordan River near the place where John was first baptizing and stayed there awhile. 41 And many followed him. “John didn’t perform miraculous signs,” they remarked to one another, “but everything he said about this man has come true.” 42 And many who were there believed in Jesus.

We Reflect:

What strikes me from reading the scriptures above is this:

Some people need to be told out right in order to believe things. But there is something magical that happens when we can let go and trust — that in it self is a miracle. Because its goes against our natural tendencies. It goes against our worldly human nature.

“I need to see it to believe it.” They saw, but still did not believe in Him. This shows that some things are meant to be and others aren’t, this applies to many areas of life.

Everyone is not yet a sheep…

Tonight we celebrate Miracles: The Miracle of Chanukah, the miracles that are present in our everyday lives and the miracle of Jesus. Who was sent for us out of pure Love from God.

We Light the Shamash–The helper candle with a lighter or matches. I liken the Shamash to Jesus because He is the eternal light that lights all the other candles…US! And we are the light of the world!

We Say the Blessings:

Blessed are you O, Lord, Our God, King of the Universe who has sanctified us by Yeshua the Messiah in whose name we light the candles of Chanunkah, Amen.

Blessed are you O, Lord Our God, King of the Universe who has preformed great miracles for your people, and who gave us the Light of the World, Yeshua the Messiah. Amen

We Light the First Candle with the Shamash (helper candle) and we say the following blessing on day one only…

Blessed are you, O, Lord Our God, King of the Universe who has given us life, sustained us and permitted us to reach this season.

Amen

One Gift! Ari opens his gift <3

Then we kick back, eat, play and sit in awe and gratitude, knowing how truly bless we are to recognize Yeshua … Jesus as our Messiah, and Pray that everyone will come to this wonderful realization.

Happy Hanukkah From our family to yours!

Christian Mommy
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