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Hanukkah: a Time of Spiritual Dedication

Written by Rabbi Michael Weygant on . Posted in Hanukkah

Many find the book of John remarkable for its details and depth. One interesting incident in the life of Yeshua noted in John occurs at the season of celebration we know as Hanukkah, or the Feast of Dedication.

We read in John 7:22-23 that it was again at this time of Dedication that Yeshua the Messiah walked through the area of the Temple in Jerusalem. We, in turn as His followers (see John 7:27), should dedicate ourselves to walking with Him daily, our 'temple', or our being, yielded to His will. In this way, we can enjoy the benefits of His grace within the context of our Messianic Jewish community. The gifts of redemption and eternal life which our Messiah offers (see John 7:28) are too essential to refuse, too precious to squander and too important to horde. We must come out of our comfort zone and lovingly share the Good News with others whom we encounter.