Hanukkah (Night #1)

Hey all,

Tonight is the first night of Hanukkah. The New Testament places Jesus in the temple at the "Festival of Dedication", which is known in modern times as "Hanukkah".

"At that time the Festival of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly." Jesus answered them, "I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father‚s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not part of my flock. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father‚s hand. I and the Father are one." John 10:22-29

At my house, we will be celebrating Hanukkah...and over the next 8 days, I will share how we view this otherwise "non-Messianic" holiday through the lens of Messiah, Jesus.

The first night begins with the lighting of two candles..the first candle lit is called the Shamash. In Hebrew, "shamash" means "servant" and it serves to light the other candles...then is extinguished. As Jesus came to serve unto our slavation, so we remember the shamash candle.

Also, since tonight is the first night, we remember the 1st candle lit by the shamash in the words of Jesus: "I and the Father are One."


Steve Wiggins