Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is the Jewish festival of the rededication and purification of the Temple by Judas Maccabeus on Kislev 25 (165 BC) after it had been defiled by Antiochus IV, who was the Seleucid King, three years prior. Antiochus sacrificed a pig on the alter and claimed himself a god. When the Hasmoneans looked for oil they only found one Cruse of oil that had not been contaminated. This was enough to last for only one day. While they waited to get new oil that was not contaminated this one days worth of oil miraculously lasted for 8 days. This is the reason that starting the next year and on Jews would celebrate Hanukkah for 8 days.

Growing up in a Christian home I celebrated all the usual Christian holidays. Never did I celebrate a Jewish holiday. As I got older and started a family of my own I wanted to be closer to God and be more like Yeshuea Messiah (Jesus Christ). My wife and I started looking into and learning about the things that Yeshuea did while He was on Earth. Some of the things we learned was that He celebrated Jewish holidays and practiced Jewish traditions. Leaning this we decided that part of being like Yeshuea would mean partaking in the celebrations and traditions that He and His disciples followed. Though His death on the Cross did change some things, like forgiveness though Him then a sacrifice on a alter, it didn’t change everything. The Jews are still God’s people and their traditions still matter to Him. We as Christians should honor God and Yeshuea and partake in these traditions. Knowing about these traditions and partaking in them will help you have a close relationship with God. I hope that even though we are in the second day of Hanukkah as this posts that you will look into Hanukkah and possibly partake yourself the rest of this season. God Bless.

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