SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021
Russell's Daily Message
HANUKKAH LESSON 8
JESUS AT THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Today is the sixth day of Hanukkah. This holiday is mentioned once in the New Testament. It is called the feast of dedication. The story is found in John 10:22-42. Verse 22 says Jesus was in Jerusalem in the winter during the feast of dedication. It is clear to me that He was there specifically for this feast because Jesus did not go very often to Jerusalem. Most of His ministry was throughout all of Judea, in places like Galilee, Samaria, banks of the Jordan River and so forth.
Something very notable happened at the Hanukkah feast. Jesus revealed Himself to the Jewish leadership as the Son of God (verses 25-30). This caused the Jews to take up stones (v. 31) to put Him to death for blasphemy (v. 33). As they persisted in their effort to stone Him, He escaped from them (v. 40) and went across the Jordan where John had baptized Him. Many people followed Him there and believed on Him including many of John’s disciples.
It was entirely appropriate scripturally that Jesus would reveal His deity at Hanukkah which is also called the festival of lights. Since Jesus is the light of the world (John 1:4-5) it was prophetically fitting that He would openly reveal Himself at the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah.
It is therefore very appropriate that we as Christians should reflect upon and meditate upon the deity of Yeshuah (Jesus), the light of heaven and earth, for His godhood. Yes, Yeshuah is God revealed to man. He is fully God just as much as the heavenly Father and Holy Spirit. Furthermore, they are ONE in unity, (not three gods). Believe it because that is what the entire scripture teaches, both Old and New Testament.
Guess what else? Jesus is in us, and we are in Him. He is in the Father and the Father is in Him as one. Therefore, we are one in Jesus and the Father, so as the Father is one with us through Jesus. Hmmm… You, Jesus, and the Father are all one by the power of Holy Spirit.
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