1. Did you know that Hanukkah is in the Gospels?
Hanukkah is not mentioned in the Hebrew Scriptures because the story of Hanukkah happened after the last book of the Tanakh had been written. However, Hanukkah is mentioned in the Apostolic Scriptures. Yeshua went to the Temple for the Feast of Hanukkah. If Hanukkah matters to Yeshua, shouldn’t it matter to us?
2. Did you know that Hanukkah is a story of religious persecution?
Hanukkah is a story of religious persecution and standing up for faith in God. Yeshua tells us we can expect persecution, but He also
tells us that we must stand firm in our faith. If that’s what the story of Hanukkah is about, shouldn’t it matter to us?
3. Did you know that Hanukkah is the Festival of the Light of the World?
Hanukkah is the Festival of Light. It celebrates the relighting of the menorah lamp that burned in God’s Holy Temple. In rabbinic terminology, the menorah was called the “light of the world.” Yeshua said, “I am the Light of the world,” and another time He told His disciples, “You are the light of the world.” If Hanukkah is the Festival of the Light of the World, shouldn’t it matter to us?
4. Did you know that Yeshua talked about Hanukkah?
Yeshua talked about Hanukkah. He warned His disciples that the things that happened in the story of Hanukkah would happen again (Mark 13:13-16, Matthew 24:15-18). To understand what He was saying, His disciples had to know the story of Hanukkah. If Yeshua talked about the story of Hanukkah, and His disciples knew the story, shouldn’t it matter to us?
5. Did you know that Hanukkah commemorates the dedication of God’s Temple?
Hanukkah means “dedication.” It is a remembrance of when the Jews rededicated God’s Holy Temple to serve only Adonai. The Apostolic Scriptures tell us that we are God’s Temple. If Hanukkah is a festival about the dedication of God’s Temple, and we are God’s Temple, shouldn’t it matter to us?
The above is an excerpt from “Light in the Darkness, Hanukkah and the Disciples of Yeshua.”