Khanukah celebrates DEDICATION.
It is what the word khanukah means. But, the season of this celebration of the dedication of the house happens to be a celebration of LIGHTS, held at the DARKEST time of the year.
One thing I am ever more certain of, is that we are certainly at the darkest time in history, right before Messiah returns….
And this year, even though our Khanukah celebration at home has been a bit muted [just me and the wife so far], what I have determined to celebrate is HIS LIGHT.
Yeshua was conceived on the first night of Khanukah, some 2,000 years ago. This was the beginning of true LIGHT coming to the world, in flesh.
And of course, if Yeshua is that light, and we learn that He tells us to be ‘born anew,’ and then says that those who are born anew are those who ‘come to the light’; then we are recipients of that light. But, that receipt is predicated upon true “repentance,” which means turning to G-d by turning to His mitzvot.
So, one who repents by turning to His Mitzvot, is then born ‘anew’, and is given light. And He is told to share that light with everyone.
In the day we live in, there are precious few people who will turn to that light. The Light is the Torah, which is the purity of G-d that manifested in Yeshua’s obedience, even to the point of death. All of us are reluctant to die. But every single one of us are completely resistant to spiritual ‘death’, which is REQUIRED, in order to be truly ‘born anew.’ This is the GREATEST MIRACLE that we can EVER experience or witness. I have had the joy of witnessing it a few times in my life, and even the great and humbing honor of participating in it, if only by declaring Yeshua’s death to someone who’s never truly ‘heard’ it before. I remember those occasions with perfect clarity. There truly is NOTHING more miraculous than for a sinner [everyone sins] to actually be broken and contrite over offending G-d, and TURNING, accepting G-d’s offer of atonement through Yeshua, imparting HIS perfection to us, and then beginning to seek how to OBEY G-d in HIS TRUTH, Yeshua’s way. That is truly the biggest MIRACLE EVER. When one considers the miracle of Yeshua’s conception, is that really so ‘spectacular’? It was unseen for nine months. When His birth finally occurred, no one really noticed, except some shepherds, who heard Malakhim rejoicing in Heaven. The same is true of our birth into His family. Very few ever really notice on earth. As in Yeshua’s conception, only Miryam, Yosef, Elisheva, Yokhanan HaMatbil [an unborn baby who LEAPED at the sound of Miryam’s words] and perhaps Elisheva’s husband, really ‘rejoiced’ in the conception of our Messiah; so, only those BELIEVERS who really know us and can perceive a change can rejoice in our new birth; and as at Yeshua’s birth, only Miryam and Yosef and a few unnamed shepherds took note. AND SOME MESSENGERS OF HEAVEN.
But, just as they rejoiced at HIS birth, so do they rejoice about the new birth here on earth:
“I say to you that such will be the joy before the Malakhim of Elohim over one sinner who repents.” ~Yeshua, Luka 15:10
Yeshua was conceived at this time. As I am likely writing only to believers, I can draw attention to His conception and birth with some meaning. But for one who does not yet trust in His Word, it is HIS DEATH that must be declared.
“And I, my brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech, nor did I declare to you the Sod [scriptural mystery/counsel] of Elohim in wisdom. For I did not pretend to know anything among you except Yeshua HaMashi’akh, and Him executed on the stake.” Kor Alef 2:1-2
Death is darkness and LIFE is light. In order for one to be at Shalom with himself and with Elohim, both here and eternally, one must face his own sin, admit to sinning, confess it, and die, to be reborn into the Ru’akh of Elohim, by confessing the truth of Yeshua the Messiah, and his atonement for us as individuals. And only then, but then, HE gives us of His Ru’akh, and the Messengers in heaven REJOICE! Like they did the day Yeshua was born. Like Miryam did herself at her conception of Yeshua; like Yokhanan did when he sensed Yeshua in Miryam.
Oh, how I LOVE to rejoice with those Messengers in heaven over ONE person coming into light. How I grieve that so many, who have heard this word, yet walk in darkness, fellowshipping with this world rather than with Him and His people, in truth. In the same fashion, the FATHER rejoices HIMSELF when a SON comes home. Oh, how a father who is a Tzadik REJOICES THE MOST over a son who will serve G-d in truth.
So, I hope someone, somewhere, finds the LIGHT of Messiah in this dark world, amidst all those competing for religious attention, whose eyes are off the prize: SALVATION. We all seem to be to worried about our own comfort, and not the salvation of our own lives, much less those who have not yet heard the TRUTH of Yeshua’s gift.
As one who received that knowledge and that light forty-one years ago, I am truly ‘dedicating’ this ‘house’ of my heart, and rejoicing in the miracle of the OIL of His Ru’akh being given in this DARK TIME.
Ma’oz Tzur, Yeshua-ti :: What a STRONG ROCK is MY YESHUA!