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The Light of Chanukah

Written by Leon Clymer on . Posted in Hanukkah

During the eight day period of Chanukah, the candles of the Menorah are lit from the flame of the Shamash", or Servant Candle.

Light dispels darkness and enables us to see. Light brings life and purifies and heals. The Psalmist proclaims "The LORD is my light and my salvation". (Psalms 27:1). The Prophet Isaiah shouts "Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you". (Isaiah 60:1). The light given by the Servant Candle is a vision of the Light of GOD who takes away the darkness of sin.

When it was time for his dedication, the infant Yeshua was taken to the Temple in Jerusalem, in obedience to the Laws of Moses. While there, a "Tsadik", or Holy Man named Shimone took the infant Yeshua in his arms and prophesied that he would be a Light to bring revelation to the Gentiles and Glory to Israel. (Luke 2:25-32). Yeshua of Nazareth completely fulfilled the prophecy of Shimone by his shining life, his death and resurrection. To a world in darkness, Yeshua said,

"I am the Light of the world: whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light which gives life". (John 8:12)

This is His promise to all who follow Him. We have a choice between darkness and Light, and when we profess Him as Messiah, we have Yeshua, the Light of Chanukah, to light our way.