I am not Jewish but I try to find a way to honor Hanukkah. I carry an Israeli coin around that has the Menorah on it – apparently a special coin that parents and others could give the kids during the holiday. I’ll probably pull it out today and show it to somebody – perhaps a fellow believer in Christ Jesus as Messiah. Or I’ll ponder how liberty is worth fighting for.
The Old Testament is not entirely clear but there is a 400 year gap between the last OT prophet, Malachi and the appearance of John the Baptist at about 25 AD to announce the imminent coming of Christ Jesus. Hanukkah (which I believe is a real miracle of God – it was before the first coming of Christ and it was necessary to have the Temple ready for worship) was the notable exception. God appeared to His people.
Ponder these words:
“O Come, O Come Immanuel,
and ramsom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here,
While the Son of God appears.”
Translated by John Neale from the original Latin.
The world, Jew and Gentile alike, was trapped in sin and hopelessness until Jesus came. We as Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. (Go here for a discussion of that) The Scripture exhorts people to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (see Ps 34:8) Trusting in Jesus as Lord and Savior brings liberty – liberty from sin and liberty to live a holy live – for both Jew and Gentile.
“…proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,…” Lev 25:10 (KJV)
“…where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty…” II Corinthians 3:17 (KJV)
“…the just shall live by his faith…” Habakkuk 2:4 (KJV) Compare this with Romans 1:16-17 (KJV with my emphasis added): “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first and also the the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”
If you are celebrating Hanukkah today, have a blessed day! God’s Word is sure: He is waiting for you to come home to Him and has first place set aside for you when you do. (See these previous blog posts for details!) If you want to know more, go here or contact this blog or me at email@example.com. Remember if I blog, I blog for God!