Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

May they prosper who love you

- Psalm 122:6

Hanukkah: INTRODUCTION Isaiah 9: 6-7

Soon, the world will celebrate two different but linked holidays – Christmas and Hanukkah. The first candle of Hanukkah is lit at sundown on December 28th.

Yeshua’s Crucifixion & Burial

Although there continues to be debate regarding the actual day of His crucifixion and burial, almost every other detail was prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. 

Born to Die

Today we turn our attention to the events surrounding Yeshua’s death. He was rejected, abandoned and betrayed by His followers:

Working of Miracles

Many people say that Jesus never claimed to be God, and yet when asked, Jesus pointed to the miracles He performed, miracles that only God can do. To those who were willing to hear, He proclaimed quite clearly that He was God, that He and the Father were one.

The Good Shepherd

Throughout the Bible God takes care of His people as a shepherd cares for his sheep.

Messiah is God

If the Messiah had to be God and God is triune in nature, then there need be no question if Messiah Yeshua (Jesus the Christ) is God.

God is One

To worship another God would be the intolerable sin of idolatry.  But Jesus not only accepted He commanded it.  (Luke 19:40)  So did the Father require it of Jesus (Psalm 2: 12)

Messiah has to be God

Atonement was necessary to reconcile sinners to God.  God is holy and required a perfect sacrifice to effect atonement.  At first the people sacrificed animals, but the blood of bulls and goats could not cleanse, it could only cover sin.  Thus God promised that He would provide an acceptable atonement. 

His Birth

The birth of Jesus was prophesied in detail thousands of years before His birth.

Messiah or Israel?

The prophets speak of God’s “Servant.”  In many ways this servant sounds like Israel.  In fact many Jewish scholars interpret these passage that way, but to apply those passages totally to Israel is illogical and impossible.  The ultimate Servant is Jesus – the ultimate Jew.

Yeshua, God in the flesh

In December the world celebrated two different but linked holidays- Christmas and Hanukkah. 

The traditional date of Christmas, based on the solar Gregorian calendar, is always December 25.  But since the feasts of the Lord are according to the lunar calendar, the date of Hanukkah always changes.