Skip to comments.The Messiah in Hanukkah - Messianic Significance of Chanukah
Posted on 12/14/2009 2:15:15 PM PST by The Ignorant Fisherman
The law did not require Jews to be at the Temple in Jerusalem, as this was not one of the pilgrimage festivals. Every one observed it in his own place, not as a holy time. Jesus was there that He might improve those eight days of holiday for good purposes.
Jesus walked in the temple in Solomons porch when the Sadduciens asked him How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ tell us. They pretended to want to know the truth, as if they were ready to embrace it; but it was not their intention. Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Fathers name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me (John 10:25-27). He had told them, and they believed not; why then should they be told again, merely to gratify their curiosity?
Hanukkahs theme is of a miracle. During Hanukkah Jesus spoke of His miracles: If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him (John 10:37-38). Jesus wanted the people of his day to see His miracles and believe in Him as a result. His miracles point to his divine and messianic identity.
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I remember reading some time back that the Jewish tradition of celebrating Channukah by the lighting of the 9 candle menorah did not begin until after 30 AD. Before then there is no such tradition. The tradition of the lighting of the menorah was traceable to the Messianic Jewish community of Jerusalem that believed that Jesus was conceived on Channukah and used it to celebrate that conception and His subsequent birth.
One cannot be Jewish and accept Jesus as Messiah. Completely incompatible.