Tis the Season!
23 But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” NAS John 4:23-24
Every year an ever increasing number of Christians who value truth and who hold the Bible as the highest authority in the matters of truth that it addresses, agonize over whether they should be celebrating holydays permeated with paganism, such as Christmas and Easter. The more they cry out for and seek the truth, the more they realize that these pagan mixtures are inappropriate for ones who want to “worship the Father in spirit and in truth”. After all, did not Jesus state, “true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth”? Doesn’t He clearly teach us that we “must” worship the Father in spirit and truth? Isn’t it inspiring and assuring to know that those who make the painful and costly sacrifice to worship the Father in spirit and in truth are the very ones whom the Father seeks to be His worshippers. In light of this, we should all be asking the following question. Is the Father seeking me to be one of His true worshippers?
So WDJD? (What Did Jesus Do)
This should be the question every believer asks prior to WWJD (What Would Jesus Do). WDJD is far more clarifying and informative. So, what did Jesus do? There is no record in history or in the Bible that Jesus celebrated Christmas (he had approximately 33 years to do it). Nor do we have any evidence that any of his family, disciples or Apostles celebrated Christmas. In fact, the more one looks into the Christmas Holiday, the more one realizes his or hers worst nightmares. On the other hand we do have very solid evidence that Jesus did celebrate the Fathers holydays (Lev. 23). Interestingly, Jesus even appears to have celebrated a post Mosaic holyday – Hanukkah
22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon… NAS John 10:22-23ff
The Feast of Dedication?
Yes – it is a clear reference to the Jewish Festival of Hanukkah! This is indisputable. The bigger questions are:
What is Hanukkah?
Why did Jesus involve himself in it?
Should we embrace it as part of our traditions?
If spiritual truths matter to you, I want to encourage you to join us in a journey of discovery related to Hanukkah. The prophecy concerning Hanukkah starts in Daniel chapter 8 and its fulfillment is recorded in the book of the Maccabeus. It’s meaning is magnified and heightened in Yeshua the Messiah, who is the very Light of the World. We have a number of podcasts free for everyone. Just look for the word Hanukkah, download and come and enjoy the journey with us!
Happy Hanukkah to one and all!