The season of Hanukkah is upon us this month, celebrated by the lighting of candles, a beautiful picture of light breaking through the darkness, and as followers of Yeshua, a precious reminder of His own declaration, “I am the Light of the world!”
In Israel, both Jewish and Arab Believers will be sharing an expression of His light this month, as Hanukkiah are lit in Messianic homes and Arab Christians welcome the Christmas season to celebrate the coming of the Saviour of the World.
At the beginning of his Gospel, John said, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” When we survey all that is going on in the nations, it can certainly seem like darkness is working hard to overcome the light, but darkness does not put out the light - light dispels the darkness. Certainly if there was ever a time to ‘arise and shine’, it is today.
The first night of Hanukkah, just one candle is lit, but by the end of the 8 day celebration, the whole Hanukkiah is ablaze with candles, creating much light and warmth. Isaiah said, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” We understand that the darker the environment, the brighter the light seems to shine, and the same is true in our world today. As we add our individual light to those shining around us, the light and love of Yeshua, the Saviour of the World, shines brighter and brighter, breaking through the darkness and bringing souls into the light!
Thank you for adding your light to what God is doing through the local Believers living in Israel, with your generosity, your prayers, and your encouragement especially at this time. Together, we shine brighter, reflecting the love of Yeshua, truly the Light of the world!
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.