Chanukah – Re-visited

“Shalom, favored one!” Gavri’el came to Miriam and proclaimed. “Don’t be afraid, for you have found favor with God. Look! You will become with Child; you will give birth to a Son and you are to name Him Y’shua. He will be great, He will be called the Son of HaElyon, Adonai – God …”
Luke 1:30-32 in David Stern’s Complete Jewish Bible

So Mary learned from G-d’s messenger, Gabriel, that she was chosen to be the human mother of Y’shua, the Light of the World. Did this historic happening occur on the Feast of Dedication/Feast of Lights as it is called in John 10:22?

We believe it did!

And so He was conceived on Kislev 25 (on the Jewish calendar) which occurs in the month of December.
We (Messianics) celebrate the incarnation of the Holy One at this time of year. His conception – not His birth. According to Scripture, He was then born nine months later on the first day of Sukkot, commonly called the Feast of Tabernacles, which occurs on Tishrei 15 on the Jewish calendar.

These are G-d’s dates given in Leviticus 23. G-d’s Holy Word is a Jewish book, written by Jews, with one exception, and inspired by the Holy Spirit. It was first written to Jews and later extended to include Gentiles. Y’shua was – and still is – a Jewish rabbi and He will return as a Jewish rabbi. If you celebrate His conception or don’t, it’s not nearly as important as believing Gabriel’s report and myriads of saints and martyrs who have given their lives to say, “I believe!”

The most important thing you can do in your whole life is to believe that Y’shua HaMashiach, or Jesus, the Christ, was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and that He became G-d in the flesh to live in this sinful world and to die for our sin so that we might forever live with Him. Give Him first place in your life and let Him live – dwell – tabernacle – forever with you.

G-d bless you and give you His shalom!

See you next time!                                                                                                                                                                               Shalom, SHARAKA

originally written 12/2002

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